What God Meant For Us To Be

20111109-083906.jpgMy church uses a verse found in today’s passage from Isaiah as a central theme – the idea of maturing, as found in the analogy of little acorns growing into strong, mature oaks. But there is so much more in this passage.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead or mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”Isaiah 61:1-3

I love the other comparisons found in this verse. For those who look to God, He desires beauty instead of destruction, and gladness instead of weeping. But I really focused today on the segment which says, “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”. When we approach God in worship, what attitude do we take? Is there praise and worship on our face and in our hearts, or do we wear despair outwardly? I have seen both during times of worship. The difference between them can be found, perhaps, in the focus of the worshipper. A focus on God may result in true praise, but a focus on self often results in an attitude of despair. When we begin the worship process,it is so important to put the focus where it belongs. This is not easy in the “me” culture in which we live. Do we fully understand this? Worship is God’s time, not our own.


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