Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Opus 2022-167: Start Simple

I start each day with worship.  That worship has various aspects:  Prayer, contemplation, Bible reading, guitar playing and whatever else moves me toward hearing the voice of God in His many manifestations.  Almost invariably God gives me a promise for the day, and that promise is good for the year and eternity.

Psalm 121 starts of with some verses that are very familiar,

(Psa 121:1-2 KJV)  A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Modern translations change the punctuation.  The source of help is changed to a question of where it comes from and verse 2 is the answer.

But what stood out to me recently was verse 3-4,
(Psa 121:3-4 KJV)  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
This is a reminder that God gives us a foundation that is not slippery.  I miss this to a degree.  I have big feet and for most of my life proper athletic shoes have been something I watch on other people’s feet.  I don’t  know what it is to bowl in proper shoes.  I always did it in my sox.  When I have played golf I have no concept of how spikes would give me more stability when I swing.  Have you ever tried to take off for first base in smooth bottomed sneakers?

It is also reassuring to know that God does not fall asleep on the job.  I can remember being on guard duty and finding it hard to stay awake.  I have driven cross country when I could not afford a motel room.  I have nodded off during less than inspiring sermons.  God is like that sensor on the front of newer cars that goes off when you pull into the garage.  It may be irritating but it saves a lot of dents.

Simple reminders make for a more productive day.  They do wonders for attitude.  I recommend starting the day with meaningful worship.

homo unius libri

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