Rebecca (my granddaughter) loves to sing and dance. She was anything but shy as she entertained the grandparents last Thanksgiving. Singing the ABC song, her eyes wandered across the room making sure all were watching her. Upon finishing everyone clapped – well, if they knew they were to do so.
Unaware of the performer rules, I failed to follow them. Believe me it didn’t take her but a second to say, “Clap, Mamaw! Clap!” If only I had simply did as the others were doing: Clap, clap. “Good job, Rebecca.”
Yesterday during my prayer time, I was worshipping the Lord with song. “I have come into this place to magnify your name and worship you. I have come into this place to magnify your name and worship you. I have come into this place to worship you; Oh, I worship you Jesus Christ, my Lord….”
My granddaughter’s words came quickly into my head: “Clap, Mamaw! Clap!” My heart leaped with joy as I envisioned my Abba Father clapping for me and saying, “Good job, my daughter.” Okay, I know there are now people saying, “Come on. God smiles and claps for you?”
Well, there are many things I do not know nor understand about the greatness of God. However, the Scriptures tell me that He finds delight in us (His children), that we were created for His pleasure, that He wants our love and that He wants us to know Him. Moreover, Ephesians 4:30 tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. So if we can grieve the Holy Spirit, why could we not bring a smile to Him as we worship?
“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.”
– Psalm 147:10-11 (NIV)
Abba Father, may I always come in child like faith before You. May my heart be pleasing in Your sight. I know there are and will be times when I fail You; still may the times I bring pleasure to You be greater than the times of failure. And thank You, Abba Father, for loving me unconditionally…”