I cry during worship. Almost every week. As soon as we start singing, “I’m no longer a slave to fear … I am a child of God” the tears start to fall.
I don’t try to hide them anymore, although they used to embarrass me. I’m not sure why. Probably because I tend towards the logical side of things. So for my heart to feel so revealed is uncomfortable.
But I am undone … unraveled … overcome when I think about what God has delivered me from. There is no way to stop the emotional response of overwhelming gratitude.
Fear was a constant companion … about my kids’ safety, about my safety, my health, our finances, and the list went on.
Fear drove me to over protect my children, kept me from many night’s sleep, and it prompted me to make some God-disobeying choices to avoid things that felt too risky.
I’m not controlled by fear anymore. It’s truly a miracle. God’s peace has replaced the chains of worry, anxiety and fear that kept me bound for years.
Pride had a firm hold on my heart for so long. My identity was all tied up in my achievements, so if any flaw threatened to be revealed, I kicked it in to high gear. I got all prickly when it seemed someone questioned my ability. Well meaning offers to help were translated into “I don’t think you have what it takes.”
Pride played tricks on my mind, caused so much stress and relationship challenges. It’s still a battle I face daily, but I’m not chained to pride any longer thanks to God’s grace!
God has delivered me, rescued me, and set me free from so much! I’m not the same person I used to be. And this gratitude is what washes over me when I worship.
What has God delivered you from?
If this question is hard to answer, may I invite you to ponder it today?
Look at what the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 33:16-22:
“A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.“
This week, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, may we remember where our true and lasting hope and help comes from. May we be undone with gratitude for what He has delivered us from.
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And from my home and heart to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!