This week Abby Lanyon-olver will be looking at the Spiritual Practice of Worship. Her talk is titled ‘Kissing the Face of God – the spiritual, relational practice of worship’. Abby will be considering what it means to worship God and remembering why we worship Him. She will also be asking what the spiritual practice of worship can look like in our own walk with the Lord through different seasons of our life.
During her talk Abby will be referencing these podcasts by Colin Symes which focus in on the bible and what it teaches us about worship.
The book of psalms is a great place to consider what it means to worship. David helps us to understand some important aspects of worshipping the Lord. Some questions you could reflect on while you read this scripture:
- What strong emotions can you identify in this psalm? What could that mean about the place for your emotions when you worship the Lord?
- What declarations about who God is and what He has done can you identify? What does this speak to you about worship?
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.[b]
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.[c]
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
New International Version