Luke and The Lost
In any given musical worship set at a church you will notice that the music begins upbeat, calling the people to stand and worship the Living God. Then the music slows a bit, is more thought provoking, with a message of Truth and meaning. The carefully prepared sermon is next which drives home Who God is, what He has done, is doing and will do for those who believe.
Another slower song is sung to induce contemplation about doing something in your own heart, changing your mind about what you have just heard. What follows is time to celebrate with a joyful song that makes you want to dance as you leave the security of the gathering to go out into the world to help others find and follow Whom you have found…Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Yes, God is back!
I think these thoughts with our next story in Luke who, with his writing proclaims, God is back…with us! as he tells each action of our Savior. He also shares in this particular story a glimpse of what breaks our Savior’s heart. Read along and see if worship of our God, in you, rises to the top and overwhelms you as it does me! This story is worship in it’s purest form. This story is about God come back!
Luke 7, The Message
11-15 Not long after that, Jesus went to the village Nain. His disciples were with him, along with quite a large crowd. As they approached the village gate, they met a funeral procession—a woman’s only son was being carried out for burial. And the mother was a widow. When Jesus saw her, his heart broke. He said to her, “Don’t cry.” Then he went over and touched the coffin. The pallbearers stopped. He said, “Young man, I tell you: Get up.” The dead son sat up and began talking. Jesus presented him to his mother.
16-17 They all realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful—and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves, “God is back, looking to the needs of his people!” The news of Jesus spread all through the country.
What do we learn?
–God’s back and living among men.
–God looks to the needs of His people.
–God is to be praised and worshiped.
–The “holy mystery” of worship: Quietly worshipful then noisily grateful.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. I am, indeed quietly worshipful this morning to be followed by noisily grateful. Go with us, still. My heart sings your praises! My feet want to dance to the rhythm of your grace!
In Jesus Name, Amen