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June 12, 2007 / David Lindner

Personal Intimacy

When most of us think of worship, we tend to think of what happens in “church” on Sunday mornings. While that is a time of worship, it is not where most of worship ought to happen. Think about the math. There are 168 hours in a week. Believing that the whole worship service on a Sunday morning, (the whole hour, musical worship, and the spoken word), then that gives 1/168 or .005% of our week to worship. For many, worship stops when the music stops, so that’s even less, that’s .002% of our week that we’re giving to worship. That’s for the average attender on a Sunday morning. Hopefully, as worship leaders (which all of us in the Worship Arts Ministry are) that number is much higher. Think about your life this last week, add up the time that you’ve set aside specifically for worship, (devotional time, private worship, private prayer, etc) and do some math. What’s your percentage like?
Of course this leads us to personal intimacy. If we are not intimate with God on our own, how can we expect our time as the corporate body of Christ or Sunday morning to be an expression of what’s been happening in our lives. Rather we end up looking for that time on Sunday to be the one time of the week that we worship and hope it will sustain us until next week. If we don’t worship God privately, how can we worship him corporately? And if we can’t do either of these, how can we be expected to lead others in worship on Sunday morning?
Our attitude ought to be such that we are worshipping simply though our living. This is where that idea of being a living sacrifice comes into play that I’ve talked about in previous journals. However, just an attitude is not always enough. Our attitude has to take us somewhere. (It always does by the way, our attitude takes the rest of us with it, a good attitude will lead our minds and bodies in a good & positive direction, a negative attitude will do just the opposite and is much more difficult to recover from.) Is our attitude taking us to a place where we can worship God, or is it taking us further away from Him?
I’ve said before, and will say again; Worship is an attitude, you choose your attitude. We can choose to be the joyful Christians that Paul describes in Philippians. Or we can choose to be the Christians that need to hear from 1 & 2 Corinthians.
An attitude of worship is the way to personal intimacy with God. We cannot approach the word of God with a negative attitude and expect to be reached. While God does speak to us in these times, they should not be the majority of our times with Him. We should come to the word of God, thrilled to get to know more. We should sing praises to our God, because He is so Great, because His love for us is so great, not out of obligation, but out of desire.
We will come to difficult times in our lives, go through difficult situations & circumstances that make it hard if not impossible to have a positive attitude. In these times, we must cling to what we have come to know before these trying times. We must cling to the hope that we have found in the good times. This is why it is so important to worship when things are going well. It’s easier to worship on the mountain top than it is in the valley, we must prepare ourselves for the valley for we don’t know when it will come. If we can be sustained through the valley, our worship on the flip-side will be so much deeper. Isn’t this what it’s all about? Don’t we want to do everything we can to go deeper in our walk with God? This is personal intimacy. Spending time with God in such a way that we can only do on a personal level. This personal intimacy with God will show on Sundays. It will show in our corporate worship, it will show in our corporate worship leadership. What happens in our alone time with the Lord will determine the depth of our corporate worship.

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