Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
A couple of weeks ago during an ordinary staff meeting our worship pastor Jason picked up his guitar and invited us into a time of worship. We spread out around the room of our small modular building and followed his lead. It was a nice shift from details and organization to heart worship before the Lord. To me it just means that there aren’t necessarily dividing lines between God-time and regular-time. God is just as present in meetings and official business as he is in a church row on Sunday.
After a few minutes, we rolled the music back in time by a few decades and began singing the classic hymn “Create in Me A Clean Heart,” the very words of King David in Psalm 51:10-12. There is something so sweet and sacred about proclaiming scripture through song. Read this, it is so beautiful. It’s totally transparent:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence O Lord, take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Psalm 51:10-12
As you read this, did you sense the tone of David’s voice? He is desperate to experience not just a quick fix, but a deep transformation of his heart. I imagine his humble posture before the Lord for healing and cleansing of his heart and mind, and I am compelled by it. He has such a strong desire for a fresh start.
In my worship experience in that small modular building, I felt changed in big ways that I am still trying to process and articulate. I am so struck by the nature of God as the restorer and renewer of our heart. God can create something out of absolutely nothing. He can bring dead things to life. He can take a heart that is wounded, broken and failing and make it whole again. All we have to do is ask for help and God is right there with us, willing to bring order to chaos.
My friends, that is a picture of a loving and gracious God. That is HOPE!
So, do not hesitate to take notice of those small moments in your day where God crosses any boundary to speak to you in your ordinary life. What might you ask of God because of your experiences this week? Do you need a fresh start? God is in the business of restoration and renewal any time of day and at any place.