Monday, December 05, 2011

Daily Thought: We Must Be Ignited by Divine Fire

"Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father.  Its central reality is found 'in spirit and truth.' It is kindled within us only when the Spirit of God touches our human spirit.  Forms and rituals do not produce worship, nor does the disuse of forms and rituals.  We can use all the right techniques and methods, we can have the best possible liturgy, but we have not worshiped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit.  The words of the chorus, 'Set my spirit free that I may worship Thee,' reveal the basis of worship.  Until God touches and frees our spirit we cannot enter this realm.  Singing, praying, praising all may lead to worship, but worship is more than any of them.  Our spirit must be ignited by the divine fire." ~ Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, pp. 158-59

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