I awoke to the singing of the birds this morning. Bright and early, a sure sign that spring has arrived in Chicago. Such a sweet sound to my ears. For the first time that I can remember, their early morning chorus actually brought a smile to my face. That doesn’t usually happen since the singing normally begins at a very early hour. But this time my point of view is different.
Although the birds are singing primarily to find a mate, it brought a smile to my face simply because it reminded me of how I love to sing in worship to the Lord. I will belt out a song at home when I am alone and the only witness is God. But last night I caught myself singing aloud in public while seed packing at church and I didn’t even realize it at first. I know my singing, though not beautiful to most ears, is music and beauty to the ears of God. I know my singing brings a smile to the face of God.
When I was in South Africa, the place we were staying had the most beautiful prayer garden on it’s property. Along the paths there were scripture verses to reflect upon and when you got down the hill into the middle there was this beautiful open area with benches, surrounded by some trees, each with a scripture verse. When I found that garden and began reading the verses I was simply overcome with the need to worship the God I love. It was a sacred moment for me, a turning point in my life. I began to play worship music on my phone, eyes to the sky, arms raised high, twirling around, singing to God. Belting out a Matt Redman song, 10,000 Reasons. A beautiful moment when I could truly feel His presence.
We are called to worship with all our being (Psalm 150), which means all our senses and for me being outdoors is one of the most sacred places to worship. Being in His creation brings me closer to Him and ignites within me a passion to worship.
When was the last time you worshiped God with abandon? Take a moment today, turn up the music, and sing and dance as an act of worship to the God who created you.