Last night during worship I was overwhelmed… with sadness, with joy, with thankfulness, with praise. I stood there in the midst of those I love most worshipping the one I adore above all of those people.
But one person stood out to me.
I watched her worship. There was a rawness to her worship. A desperation in her praise. I just kept thinking the Lord has given her a new song! This woman has been a mentor and friend to me for years. She and her husband have shared their lives with me and Chris in complete vulnerability. They have made our marriage more sacred because of it.
But tonight I was captivated by the way she worshipped God.
So often when people lead worship they get caught up in the hype. I don’t blame them. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to lead worship and not get distracted by the hundreds or thousands of people standing in front of you. I could see how pride could easily get the best of you because you sound so good and you are in front. But not this woman.
My worship and my focus changed because I so desperately want to love the Lord like this.
I sat down and flipped to Psalm 40…
I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog,
And set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
HE PUT A NEW SONG IN MY MOUTH
A song of praise to God. …
None can compare with You!...
Sacrifice and offering you have not desired,
But You have given me an open ear….
I desire to do your will, O my God;…
As for you, O Lord, you will not restraining your mercy from me;
Your steadfast love and faithfulness will ever preserve me!...
Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!...
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God!
So I challenge you friends, let Him give you a new song! He will. In a moment last night it swept over me. Not in an emotional experience but in a raw moment with God. He put a song of praise and reminded me of His deliverance in my life!
Thanks Emily for being a constant teacher with your life and your words.