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Too Full

A few years ago my family and I went out for pizza before attending a Saturday night church service. I was incredibly hungry and ate way too much. It’s unusual for me to leave a restaurant without a box of leftovers. But that night I walked out of the pizza place with nothing but an extremely full stomach. After we finished our dinner we drove up the hill to head to church. As I walked into the lobby, all I could think about was how full I was.

We found our normal seats in the sanctuary and worship began. I stood up with everyone else and started to sing. But I couldn’t even focus on the lyrics I was singing because I was almost in pain from feeling so full. Then I heard the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit speak to my heart:

“Never worship on a full stomach. Come hungry and expectant of God’s glory. You will leave more satisfied than when you came.”

It was definitely a moment of revelation for me. Until I heard Holy Spirit speak those words into my heart, I had never considered how often I come into worship with a predetermined expectation of what I would receive.

Worship is a time to be filled. It is a time to come to the feet of Jesus, pour out all worries and fears, and be filled with the presence of Christ. But it’s difficult to be filled afresh when you’re still full with yesterday’s worries. The Lord wants to pour into us, to fill us with His perfect peace and love. It’s His job to pour out, it’s our job to empty ourselves.

The next time you come into the presence of the Lord, empty yourself and believe that God will fill you to overflowing.

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

– Psalm 126:2-3

-Ashleigh Barry

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