We worship the living, resurrected, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, KING of all creation.
What sets Christian worship apart from all other “religious worship” is this: the object of our affection is not only exceedingly worthy, He, as the Triune Godhead, is LIVING.
We do not worship a far off god.
We do not worship a god who was.
We do not worship a god we can fully comprehend or imagine.
Our God is so entirely “other”, we cannot begin to fathom Him.
He is ever accessible.
Ever as close as the skin we are wrapped in.
He is the very with us God, while also being the God of grand invitation.
There is nothing He wants us to do on our own.
He simply waits, longing to reveal more of Himself and embrace us with His infinite love.
As we have dwelled on the passages of Psalms 142 and 143, we pray these truths have swept over you again and again.
Take time today to sink into the challenge below.
Delight in knowing that *you* are delighted over and worship Him with your whole being!
1) Search back through Psalm 142 and 143 and hover over that verse (or verses) that God has used to speak deeply and personally to your heart this week. Write those down on several notecards and post them around your house – then post a picture of your reminder cards on Instagram or on our Facebook Community Page. Take the weekend to memorize them and forever hide them in your heart!
2) We are so excited to share this hand-crafted Spotify playlist! We created it as we prayed over *you*. Put this playlist on repeat this weekend and be reminded of the rich truths God has shown you this week in Pause!
3) There’s nothing like sharing great food to grow community and we’d like to do exactly that. From the kitchen of Michelle, check out these fantastic meatballs and share them with someone you love!
Oven Baked Meatballs
1 ½ lbs ground beef
¾ c. oatmeal
3 T. chopped onion
1 ½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. pepper
1 c. milk
Preheat oven to 350. Combine and form into small meatballs. Place in a baking dish.
¼ c. ketchup
1 T. vinegar
1 T. sugar
¼ c. water
Combine and pour over meatballs. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Yield: 8
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With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
2 I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.
3 When my spirit faints within me,
you know my way!
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see:
there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
no one cares for my soul.
5 I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Attend to my cry,
for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me!
7 Bring me out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me.
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
2 Enter not into judgment with your servant,
for no one living is righteous before you.
3 For the enemy has pursued my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 Therefore my spirit faints within me;
my heart within me is appalled.
5 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands.
6 I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah
7 Answer me quickly, O Lord!
My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
I have fled to you for refuge.[a]
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!
11 For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
for I am your servant.
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!
Thanks for joining us today as we journeyed into Pause Week One!
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