Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 27, 2019

Both Talk

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,scriptures,song,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Colossians 4:2 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV)

The Tree of Life version translates it as keeping alert and thankful.  For what are we to keep watchful or alert?  When we pray, we are opening up a conversation with our Father, God.  So often we just have our say then move on with earthly things.  We are to be alert to hearing God respond to our part of the conversation.  No prayer is complete without taking time to listen.  Why did Jesus spend so many nights apart by himself in lonely places?  He waned to be sure He did as much listening to His Father without distractions as He did talking to His Father.  Listening is hard to learn.  We must have silence to listen.  Silence for most of us today is a little frightening.  We are bombarded with noise all day and night.  We don’t know how to handle silence.  So often our thoughts run wild in silence.  To learn to listen in silence start slowly.  Say, speak, Father, I’m listening.  It might be a verse of scripture that comes to your mind or a song you’ve sung in church.  Take it as a beginning and meditate on it.  Gradually you will learn to hear and recognize the gentle, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.  Gradually you will learn to give God as much time to talk to you as you talk to Him, maybe even let Him talk more than you do.  What wonderful conversations you can have.

August 20, 2019

Our Whole Heart

Filed under: Church,encouragement,God,heart,praise,song,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

.I love the praise and worship time in music at church (or anywhere else).  But I am hearing less and less of worship.  Worship is to and about God.  It is offering Him our thanks and praises and love for Who He is.  So many of the songs we sing are about us, what we want, what we need.  These are songs of intercession.  There is nothing wrong with these songs.  They definitely have their place in our service.  My problem is the imbalance of the songs.  I think the worship songs should outweigh the songs of intercession.  We are gathering together mostly to worship.  We also gather together for encouragement for that is so very necessary but let us first worship with our who heart and being.  That means singing the songs of worship to God, not about God.  That means when the worship leader repeats the song over and over we don’t go into rote in our singing and let our minds wander.  We continue to pay attention to the words and make them real in our hearts and minds.  I’ve shared this before but it bears repeating.  One day as I was enjoying worshiping the Lord with about 500 other worshipers, I heard God say, “Do you know who’s worship is the loveliest.”  Since was a professional singer I started to get puffed up.  Then I heard Him say the man standing right next to me.  I looked.  He had his eyes closed, his hands up and was singing notes that didn’t even exist in a rhythm that didn’t really match any known rhythm but he was totally unaware of anyone else being around.  He was totally focused on worshiping Hid Father God.  Oh what a lesson I learned.  Worship is totally from the heart and is not for others to think you sound really good.  Let us worship with our whole hearts and not be concerned with what others around us might think.  Their focus should be on worshiping God, not on what others are doing.

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