We have recently relocated back to a place where I grew up right beside the sea. There is something about being near the ocean that will always stay with you no matter where you go. It gets in your blood almost. This move has reignited all sorts of old memories of how my father use to take me beach combing along the shoreline to find all sorts of treasures unveiled before us. This is something that I now have the privilege of doing with my son. We both love it. Even the activity of getting on our wet weather gear and getting all ready for a long beach walk is all part of the enjoyment.
We recently went out when the tide was at its lowest and therefore large areas of the shoreline were left exposed. We had to hunt around to find the best shells and fossils we could find. Eventually we would come across something really special and it would all be worth it.
Having reflected on our times at the beach I was also thinking how often we can apply this sense of discovery when it comes to worship. We can either simply adopt an approach where we turn up and sing some songs on a Sunday morning and treat our worship as a lifestyle and I am sure God would be pleased with our sacrifice. Or we could treat our worship in a way where we have a vision to discover something new about God. Having an attitude where we turn up and look intently at who God is and to exchange our praise and worship and find a sense of revelation of his character and nature. I really believe this intention really captivates God’s heart. When we decide to offer up our adoration in a way that believes God is bigger than the atmosphere around us. When we articulate how his nature is vastly beyond what we can imagine or comprehend there will be deep things of God that can be understood.
It says in the book of Job 11:7 “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?”. In the context of this passage it is suggested that we are not able to fully fathom the deep things of God as we are finite beings. But even in the choice of discovery we find things out about who he is that we would never do so if we didn’t try. He is a God outside of time but loves to be found by us. This is understood from the passage in John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.”