By Hannah Glavor
This Call to worship was originally given on 7/23/17 at Imago Dei Central City Campus.
We serve a God who is great, amen?
We say that a lot here...Great are you Lord, How Great is our God, You're a good good father, the Lord our God He reigns.
When I sing these things, I tend to believe and declare that my heart is captivated by the goodness of God. That I am in awe of Him. That I believe that He is for me.
But if I consider what regularly captures my mind and heart...The places I find my greatest happiness or greatest disappointment. The things that actually motivate me or make me want to quit. The things I’m jealous of in others; those spaces in which there's bitterness. All the places I obsessively run at, make room for and make sacrifices for. They don't typically reflect how good I think God is, but rather how good life is—or isn’t—for me.
Its like His faithfulness is good enough to sing about and cognitively believe, but does it apply to my finances, broken relationships, my singleness, my depression—ultimately my entire future? Is this why we carry so much worry and struggle with anxiety? We say God is good, but are we really sure He’s good enough to carry it?
We were made to be captivated by things. It’s in our DNA. Think about it. This is why we gasp at a sunset and why our stomachs flutter on a first date. It's why we have so many artisan ice cream shops in Portland. These things are all doing their job. They're being enjoyed, savored, captured, and we all know they are not ultimate.
Sunsets fade, ice cream melts, the newness of first dates wears off. All the awesome things in creation are meant to point us to the place where the awe of our hearts finds rest. To the place that doesn't fade.
When we gather, we rehearse the story of God. We remember who God is and whose we are. We remember the lengths God went to so that we might be with Him. The one who crafted the universe was willing to sacrifice His own Son so that we could be with Him.
There is nothing but a creator who breathed his life into the hollow dust of us to create life in and through us. We were made for awesome things so we could declare how awesome our God is. We were built to be blindsided by this awesomeness of God and praise Him for His goodness, nearness, power and love. Let the insanity of that hit you for a moment; it's so crazy good. It’s His breath in our lungs. What else can we do but praise Him?
Imago Dei, I invite you to declare that with me today. To remember who God is and whose you are. In the midst of whatever we face, God is unwavering in his goodness.
Author's Note: I have been reading through Paul Tripp's book Awe, and this is inspired by his musings.
Hannah Glavor is the director of worship & arts at Imago Dei. She and her band lead worship regularly at Central City Campus.