1. Connecting with the True Source of Peace
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When we worship, whether alone or with others, we connect with the true source of all hope, peace, and certainty — which is exactly what we need during anxious times. My husband contracted the Coronavirus last summer when it was relatively new, and medical predictions about possible outcomes--including death--ran a very wide and frightening gamut. Talk about anxious!
My daily prayers increased to the point where I was talking to the Lord every minute! I also repeated this verse, which points to physical sensations including “weary” and “faint”: “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
The Bible had the right verse for me, and I faced each of the very long nine days my husband was ill with assurance that the Lord was indeed watching over him.
God longs for us to bring our stress, worry, and anxiety straight to Him in worship; it is one very important way that we can show God our faith and trust in Him. You are never “bothering” Him, or over-doing your prayers and petitions. As Hebrews 11:1 reminds, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
How beautiful is the experience of worshipping with others, whether in a church, on a mountaintop, or around the dining room table. Psalm 55:4 confirms, “We who had sweet fellowship together walked in the house of God in the throng.” The word “sweet” conveys the beauty created when we bow our heads together in worship.
I find that church is the best place to be when anxiety soars; on 9/11/01, when our nation was attacked, I was next door to my church at a tumbling class with my toddler. I took my little boy to church as soon as class ended, having heard about the first two planes crashing into the Twin Towers in New York City. As we sat down, I was touched to see some local workmen, dusty and dirty, tool belts still around their waists, sitting a few pews in front of me praying.
Church--and worship--draws us like a magnet because it is good and right that we take our sorrows and stresses to God, the maker of heaven and earth and Architect of our very existence. He made us, so He understands us. Psalm 99:9 explains, “Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy mountain, For the Lord our God is holy.”
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