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5/6/2019 12:11:00 AM
It Is There

Lacey Leonhardt
Lincoln Herald Columnist

“I’m lost in your mystery, I’m found in your love for me.” Currently my favorite lyric right now from a song called “With You” by Elevation Worship. I have to admit that I did not fully comprehend what worshiping was until about two years ago. And to have just celebrated eight years of salvation, that’s quite embarrassing for me personally. I was always under the impression that worship was simply just singing hymns that gave you that “feel good” feeling before the pastor preaches. But in the past two years I’ve learned it is so much more than that. And how truly humbling it has been for me.

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When to Worship
There are times where I can be worshipping in the car, the shower, or while working out, and be so lost in the presence of God that it never occurs to me where I physically am. I use to think that the only time I could truly connect through worship was while I was at church, surrounded by people and a loud band. And while that time is still very valuable to me, I am finding the most precious times of worship are when I am alone. When I am truly in need to feel his love and connection. I have realized that any time I am stressed, worried or sad I turn to worship. And it fills this emptiness in my heart that only God can. The great thing about worship is that no matter the location or time, it is there.

The Power of Worship
Our church refers to service as a “worship experience”. And at first I couldn’t understand why they called it this. Until I realized it truly is an experience. I have heard many people make comments about churches such as mine spending so much time on music. How we have too many songs, or how it is too much standing- blah, blah, blah. And if you are raised Southern Baptist like I was where you are out of church in exactly one hour, it is quite different. But it has become the time I look forward to the most each week. There is also something mesmerizing about looking around at church and seeing so many people lost in the presence of God with you. People who are hurting, lost, or just grateful to praise. This past Sunday I took a minute to look around me during worship. So many people consumed by Gods love all in one room. Everyone going through different obstacles in life. People of all age, race and background. The thing that stood out the most was I noticed a gentleman in front of me worshipping in sign language. And it was such a beautiful thing. That’s the power of worship, no matter the person or situation, it is there.

Beauty in Worship
I think my favorite time spent with my boyfriend Michael, is when we go to church together. When we hold hands and pray together, and of course, when we worship together. It is one thing when two people are strongly connected to each other, but it is another when two people are strongly connected to each other through God. I think that is what makes our relationship so strong and different from any previous one. From day one, we decided that our relationship would be centered on Christ, and that still remains now. And worshipping together really makes us that much closer to each other, and to God. Worship provides such a deep connection to God. For me, it is a time I am completely open and vulnerable. It is unlike any feeling, creating an indescribable atmosphere. I read a quote recently that said, “The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, trusting Him during a trial, surrendering while suffering, and loving Him when He seems distant.” And it made me realize how complex and heavy worship really is. All the things we give and receive in such a short amount of time. Healing, comforting, calming, selfless, honest, peaceful- there is no “one-word” description for worship. It is a remarkable experience and that is the beauty of it.

May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. — Psalm 104:34 (NIV)

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