Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1
Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:18-19
We need to position ourselves to see differently. We can’t take this step for granted. Why? Because if we fail to do so, we are going to filter and edit what we see through what we’ve always believed and what we have come to imagine about God. We are looking to understand what God reveals, not merely what we observe.
Even though it might be scary or intimidating, there is freedom by accepting an invitation to imagine. By engaging our minds, we awaken our hearts. Our eyes open to the hope that is found only through Christ. The incarnation of Jesus, God’s arrival, was a game-changer. His sacrifice fundamentally changed everything, especially the way we approach God and our connection with Him.
No longer do we reside under the burden of the old law. A new way, leading to life and freedom, took over. Trying to wrap our minds around what’s been done on our behalf is impossible. It goes against the grain of everything culture teaches us. Rather than trying to earn our way into favor and access to Him, we only have to trust and abide.
Our ability to abide, to remain and stand still, is where we get into trouble. We try to understand God from our perspective, and in turn, without even knowing it, we create human-made solutions and alternative ways to justify ourselves before our Creator. Truth gets misused and becomes a token of the law and not a means of grace. Truth without grace crushes. When we misuse truth, relationships change, including our relationship with God. Instead of freedom, we settle for a “give and take” performance mindset, which is old covenant thinking.
Truth is required for grace to exist. Grace without truth dissipates, but grace rooted in truth is an expander. It builds, breathes, and fills us with life. Grace and truth make up the fullness of God’s expression of love. God’s grace sounds too good to be true, and this is why we have a problem receiving it. But, that doesn’t change it from being offered to us.
When we understand what we received through Christ, the response is to worship. Worship is evidence of understanding. We use worship as a declaration that we know and believe He is worthy. Sometimes our minds awaken our heart and sometimes our heart provides a focus for our mind. Worship creates space for the right perspective by allowing us to slow down and engage our heart, mind, and body. Worship starts when we receive grace upon grace upon grace.
- What situations are you facing where you need to worship to gain perspective? What would you be declaring by pausing and deciding to worship as a response to these circumstances?
God, You are powerful. You are filled with mercy and unending love. You are faithful to me. My mind cannot imagine the numerous ways You extend me grace on a daily basis. Help me to pause in the midst of the hurry to worship You for who You are. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.