My car has always been a sanctuary for me. It is one of my favorite places to worship. I love turning up my favorite worship music -- especially hymns -- and singing. I love turning off the music completely and just pouring my heart to the Lord. I think it is the freedom of just driving and seeing the open sky and the trees and the beauty of creation. It is the quiet of the car despite the chaos of the world outside. It is not caring if someone thinks I am crazy as I pour my heart out in praise as I pass other cars on the road.
I don't hunt. My husband doesn't hunt. However, we have friends and family who do hunt. Some of them say that sometimes they love just sitting out there enjoying the beauty of creation. They feel the most worshipful and the closest to God during those times. I can truly understand that. (Our disagreement about them missing church to hunt is an entirely different discussion... you know who you are!)
We had a big dinner time discussion recently about worship. I told the boys that I knew I was officially old. (That and I have a serious case of adult ADD.) I get so distracted by all the bells and whistles that are involved in church worship. Changing lights. Covered windows. Guitar solos. Whatever.... It distracts me from focusing on God. Like I said... I am getting old.
One of my favorite verses on worship is Psalm 96:9...
"O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth."
I am trying to remember that holiness is so much more than the moments I spend in my car or at church, but in the way I live my life. I am trying to remember that worship is a lifestyle. A matter of priority of expressing my love for Him through pursuing a standard of holiness.
"Pursue...holiness, without which no one will
see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14)
"But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16