[This is the first guest post by my husband, John Haddix! John has been in music and worship ministry for the past 37 years. He co-directs Authentic Artist Resources, a department of Artists in Christian Testimony, Int’l, with me and is also a church worship arts director. He doesn’t have a lot of time to blog these days (our loss), but his blog, Windows on Worship, can be found at johnhaddix.wordpress.com. He is also the author of The Authentic Musician. But most of all, my husband seeks, loves, and follows after God more than anyone I know. The authenticity of His character and walk oozes out of everything he does. This post of his is a good follow up to mine last week on WorshipMinistry.com about truly knowing the God we worship, so I thought it was a good time to introduce you to him. So enjoy!]
“All glorious” is a phrase that really struck me a while back from the song “I Desire Jesus” on the Hillsong Live CD, Cornerstone. I found it a great thought for deepening my worship of Jesus. Perhaps it’s because it came on the heels of my quiet time and listening to some great podcasts. But as I began to think about it, I realized that if I am saying God is all glorious, I’m also saying there is nothing undesirable about Him. Nothing. Is that how I feel about God?
When I think of various aspects of His name, I’m struck with how often I portray or define that name from my own human perception or experience – and it usually falls short or even violates what that aspect of God’s nature truly is. In other words, because of my bad or inadequate experience of that name, I distance myself from Him instead of being compelled toward Him. That is entirely the opposite of who I am in Christ! Note that I’m not talking about just the mental exercise of recognizing His name, but the act of truly knowing, worshiping, and adoring Him.
For example, do I find God all desirable – all glorious – when I think of Him as Father? Or do I substitute my experience of my earthly father for my heavenly Father? Do I let all of the emotional and even intellectual understanding of my earthly dad (as good as he really was) inform my perception of God as my Father? This can easily become my grid rather than the Biblical revelation of who God is as my Father!
Again, this is more than an intellectual or reason based exercise. It is important to let God’s Spirit speak to my deepest convictions and emotions if I want to truly worship Him.
So, the question becomes – what do I really believe and therefore feel about these attributes of God? Do I find Him all glorious? All desirable?
Think about these aspects of God’s name and how you truly find Him.
Do I know Him as all glorious and all desirable as:
My Father? (and I His son/daughter?)
My Master? (and I His bond servant?)
My Shepherd? (and I His sheep?)
My Friend? (and I His friend?)
My Lover? (and I His beloved?)
My King? (and I His soldier/diplomat?)
All human beings have this longing at their deepest level – to know God as the person who answers their deepest desire and longing. However we so often look for easier, or what appears to be more satisfying, answers only to find dissatisfaction.
It’s time to seek God as He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures. We need to identify and turn from the misperceptions embedded in our hearts that cause brokenness. And we need to turn from the sinful choices of seeking life apart from Him that cause deadness – distance from our God. True worship is founded on this basic conviction: that we want and adore Him who is truly “all glorious” – all desirable!
“Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen” Psalm 72:19.