P & F – Day 12. Thursday, April 6. 2017

DAY 12- The Highest Call is to Worship

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

In a beautiful nature-orientated picture, this verse calls us to see that the ultimate purpose of God’s Word is to lead us to Worship.
Our passion, the one thing that drives us to be under the abundant rain of the Word, (verses 10-11) is God’s own glory. We as His children, because of his powerful and purposeful Word, will delight in his glory in every way. We will celebrate His glory and worship him forever.

In fact, the whole nature of the Gospel is to restore all of creation to what it was intended to do – to Worship the Lord.
And this passage in Isaiah 55 guarantees a time when all of creation bows down and worships the Lord. We see that here in this verse.
For us, it means that the gracious work of the Lord through the work of His Word and by His Spirit – will reclaim our deepest desires, passions, thoughts and motives – for God.

And if the ultimate goal of the Word is worship. Then verse 13 tells us how we get there:
“Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

I’m not much of a gardener, but if you water a thorn bush, don’t you get a bigger thorn bush? If you water the weeds, don’t you get more weeds?

This verse might seem a bit odd given that the thorn bush becomes a cypress and the brier becomes a myrtle. Totally different plants! But we must remember the context of the passage and that the rain that is pouring down is the Word of God. The same Word that goes forth and doesn’t return empty (v10-11). The word that accomplishes its purpose which ultimately is the restoration of true God honoring worship.

The Word of God accomplishes it purpose to ultimately lead us to worship because it transforms us. The Word of God is not for theological information but heart and life transformation. With that goal to ultimately bring us to align all that we are with God.
When you are transformed by the Word you don’t become a better you, you become a new you. You are organically and fundamentally different.

What God is doing through his Word by the power of His grace, is changing you from the inside out. You are no longer the center of the universe. God is. He is returned to his rightful place in our lives. And we pursue his glory.

How are you allowing the Word of God to transform you and to bring you into true worship of God?

Author: Dave Winter