Out of Darkness and Into His Wonderful Light

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But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.-1 Peter 2:9

…but you are a chosen people. As I read this scripture, I couldn’t help but reflect. To look back on times in my life where I didn’t feel chosen. Those dark seasons where I felt undervalued and overlooked more so than feeling chosen.

Do you remember those school days during recess, where you’d wait on the sidelines for one of the captains to choose you to be on their team? Everyone watches one-by-one as each name is called. No one wanted to be the last person picked, because at that point you don’t feel chosen at all.

I think adults have this same struggle. Maybe you weren’t chosen for a specific project at work or you weren’t chosen for the promotion. It may seem that you are overlooked and will never be given an opportunity but I’m so grateful that the God we serve sees us differently.

He sees us as His special possession. It’s like that valuable souvenir or piece of china; or maybe that sweet thing that reminds you of a loved one.

I want to encourage you that it doesn’t matter what season in life you’re in right now, God has specifically chosen you for a specific plan. You may be in a season of darkness where it feels like nothing is working in your favor, but I believe the Lord is still with you and is available to guide you into His wonderful light.

My prayer is that we never get too caught up on our circumstances or feelings that we lost sight on who we are and whose we are. As a child of God, you’re chosen. You’re royalty. You’re a special possession!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Heart of Worship

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“A Father’s heart that’s for me
A never ending story
Of love that’s always chasing me

His kindness overwhelming
And hope for me unending
He’s never given up on me

I will sing of all you’ve done
I’ll remember how far you carried me
From beginning until the end
You are faithful, faithful to the end” -Bethel Music

 Worship is one of my favorite things to do. It’s a time to fix my eyes on the things above and not the things around me. There is something about being in God’s presence, in God’s house and around God’s people. When I look around the room and see so many people with their arms lifted high in an act of worship to our King, it truly does my heart some good.

I love simple worship songs that even if you don’t initially know it, you learn it in that moment because the words are so simple yet so powerful. When your eyes are closed and you are committed to his presence, these words tug at your heart in a way that allows God to move in your life.

But how do you worship when everything around you is in despair? Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, you’re unsure of how bills will get paid, or you look good  on the outside but on the inside there’s so much hurt and uncertainty.

Often times, people miss out on worship because “they don’t feel like it” or “they don’t feel worthy.” They can put on a mask when they go to work every day but they avoid church because of their feelings.

I think we all have to do things that we don’t feel like but for whatever reason, we avoid church in those moments where we need it the most. Sometimes we need to set aside our feelings to just be in his presence. To surrender our stuff over to him and allow him to move. To trust him in the moments where we’ve done all that we can do and we give it over to him. God says “come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).” The first words show us that we have to input the action to get what our heart is desiring. He says “come to me” We can’t expect God to move if we don’t come to him with our issues. You can come to him at any moment and in any environment. When I read this scripture, I just imagined him extending his arm towards his children to give him the issues that are weighing them down. I don’t want you to allow your feelings to miss out on this open invitation from God.

The Bible tells us that the “Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope (Psalm 34:18).” Allow God to save you and bring back your sense of hope in him.

I believe that we can worship God through all of our circumstances. We can draw near to him and he will come near to us (James 4:8). I pray that more and more people will understand that it is the devil’s intention to keep you away from church and God’s people during those times where you need them the most. Whatever you are struggling with, I pray that you commit to pressing through during those times regardless of how you feel and what’s going on around you. If you would go to God first with your issues, I believe he will honor your obedience and bring clarity, hope, and healing. He will strengthen you during the times where you feel broken and give you a new perspective to cling to.

God has great plans for you but he does ask us to worship him in spirit and in truth.

“The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth- John 4:23-24.”

We should all have a song in our heart to get us through the good and bad days. A song where regardless of how you feel, it draws you in. If you can be the one who worships God regardless of what’s going on around you, I believe that you will see that your God is bigger than any problem you may face. I think deep down you know this to be true, but since you’ve focused on the issue and not God, it has magnified the problem. I pray that you will keep a meaningful song in your heart this year and not allow the things of this world to write it for you.

There wasn’t a day
That You weren’t by my side
There wasn’t a day
That You let me fall
All of my life
Your love has been true
All of my life
I will worship You

If you’re interested, you can listen to the full song here