I enjoy watching interviews of Musicians, especially Christian folks. How they write Music, the inspiration behind their tunes, their personal influences when they make music, the technicalities that goes behind massive projects are just simply a delight to watch.
A couple of days ago I was watching an interview of a musician, who is not only known in the gospel music circles, but has also made a mark in the secular music industry.
One of the questions that the interviewer asked was, “Now that you are a busy musician, with barely any time to spare, what would be the one thing that you would like to do with your friends when you meet?”
Any guesses what he might have said? Yes, the one thing that we all enjoy doing. The young man said “I would like to ‘Worship’, together with my friends, if we ever get a chance.”
I’m sure, we have all been engrossed in Worship, at some point of time in our lives, when we have felt that intense Love. Love, no tongue can describe, a Love which sees no wrong but embraces all of who we are…with our weaknesses, guilt and shame.
Those are the moments, that the only way that we could respond to our Lord is with our tears. There are no exchange of words there. Only tears. We have all tasted that Love in the presence of God, right?
And even more amazing, he affirms us of His love again and again and again. Have you noticed that in your life? Either it’s through a song, or a sermon, or a little note from someone. We have all been amazed many times, just when we needed it the most!
Going slightly on a tangent, but hold on. We have all also been in circumstances where we have come across difficult to handle relationships. That’s part n’ parcel of our human existence. The complaining relative, the unsatisfied friend, the sharp-tongued neighbor… every one of us have come across such folks. (Perhaps at times we ourselves have been one such! 😕)
And so many times, we as Christians sincerely try to be as nice as we possibly can. Right? But beyond a point it seems difficult.
Do you know why? It’s because our Well is empty. And we try to dig into flesh/dirt to find Life/Spirit. There’s no such thing.
There is nothing good in you and me from where we can find valuable treasures. If we need to GIVE genuine Love, we need to BE filled with genuine Love. We cannot GIVE what we do not HAVE. The Psalmist said,
“You anoint my head with oil, My cup overflows.” Ps 23:5.
When we go to him in Worship, he pours His Oil of Love into our hearts, again and again and again, and we in turn, can draw from our own well and love the broken and the weary like HE LOVED US.
“As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
When we cried for Mercy, he gave it to us; When we walked the lonely road, he walked with us; When we sinned and ran to him for forgiveness, he removed it as far as the east is from the west; He does not even remember them! When we were at our wits end, he gave us a Fresh New Start!! So much of undeserving Mercy and so much of unending Grace!
Have we been faithful stewards of His Mercy and Grace that we receive from Him each New Morning, is a question we all need to ask ourselves in our quiet times with the Lord.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Meditating often on HIS patience toward US, helps us to grow in OUR patience toward OTHERS!!!
Blessed day!! 🎊🎊