2020 04 26 Worship Thoughts
WHAT TO DO
- Listen to your favorite worship song.
- Read the Biblical Text and Thoughts
- Sit in silence and Meditate on the words
- Journal what you hear from the Holy Spirit
- Read the prayer and add to it as the Holy Spirit Leads
Exodus 3:1–22 (The Message)
1Moses was shepherding the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the west end of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God, Horeb.
2The angel of God appeared to him in flames of fire blazing out of the middle of a bush. He looked. The bush was blazing away but it didn’t burn up.
3Moses said, “What’s going on here? I can’t believe this! Amazing! Why doesn’t the bush burn up?”
4God saw that he had stopped to look. God called to him from out of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” He said, “Yes? I’m right here!”
5God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.”
6Then he said, “I am the God of your father: The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” Moses hid his face, afraid to look at God.
7God said, “I’ve taken a good, long look at the affliction of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their cries for deliverance from their slave masters; I know all about their pain.
8And now I have come down to help them, pry them loose from the grip of Egypt, get them out of that country and bring them to a good land with wide-open spaces, a land lush with milk and honey, the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
9“The Israelite cry for help has come to me, and I’ve seen for myself how cruelly they’re being treated by the Egyptians.
10It’s time for you to go back: I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the People of Israel, out of Egypt.”
11Moses answered God, “But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
12“I’ll be with you,” God said. “And this will be the proof that I am the one who sent you: When you have brought my people out of Egypt, you will worship God right here at this very mountain.”
13Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the People of Israel and I tell them, ‘The God of your fathers sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What do I tell them?”
14God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’ ”
15God continued with Moses: “This is what you’re to say to the Israelites: ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob sent me to you.’ This has always been my name, and this is how I always will be known.
16“Now be on your way. Gather the leaders of Israel. Tell them, ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I’ve looked into what’s being done to you in Egypt,
17and I’ve determined to get you out of the affliction of Egypt and take you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, a land brimming over with milk and honey.” ’
18“Believe me, they will listen to you. Then you and the leaders of Israel will go to the king of Egypt and say to him: ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness where we will worship God—our God.’
19“I know that the king of Egypt won’t let you go unless forced to,
20so I’ll intervene and hit Egypt where it hurts—oh, my miracles will send them reeling!—after which they’ll be glad to send you off.
One of the things that this time of isolation and Easter stirred in me is the recognition that we, like Moses, can encounter the Lord no matter what is going on around us. Moses, raised in privilege, ran from his past, and met the Lord in a burning bush.
We do not need burning bushes, we have the Holy Spirt to draw us into the presence of the Lord. Do we stop and kneel bare footed before him? Do we bare our souls and heart? Do we empty ourselves only to rise and walk in the power of the Lord.
It is my hope that this time of isolation from each other will be ending soon. When we come together, let us come together more committed than ever to reach this generation with the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
LORD – Continue to grant us peace during this time of Stay At Home. In this time of isolation let us be like Moses and encounter You. Let us remove our sandals because we are standing on Holy ground when we empty ourselves and enter into Your presence.
Holy Ground (Live) Hillsong UNITED
Another In The Fire (Live) – Hillsong UNITED