Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Morning Worship - WFW

My feet hit the floor running this morning. I overslept by 15 minutes, the dog needed to be let out, I needed to get dressed, pull clothes from the dryer, put on a touch of make-up and get dressed, there were things to gather, a post to publish and out the door I ran.

On my way to work I thought, "Oh, no! I forgot my calendar!" I didn't have time to go back home and I knew that although there was something on my calendar that I needed I could find it at work. (One of my mottos is that you can never have too many lists. What's on my paper calendar is in my GroupWise (email) calendar.) Traffic was lighter than usual, so I made it to work with time to spare. I logged on my computer, spoke to a few people, ran and got my coffee and sat down to eat my eggos (plain, thank you, just a little this side of burned). I called up my plans for the day and put the finishing touches on some notes for staff meeting.

Satisfied, I sat back and felt a gentle whisper in my heart as if it had been audibly whispered in my ear.

In all the hustle and bustle of the morning, I'm ashamed to say I hadn't even taken the time to be still before the Lord. Fortunately I had time before work to shut my office door and join Him in prayer before the workday began.

The Hebrew word for still is is raphah, which means:

1) to sink, relax, sink down, let drop, be disheartened
a) (Qal)
1) to sink down
2) to sink, drop
3) to sink, relax, abate
4) to relax, withdraw
b) (Niphal) idle (participle)
c) (Piel) to let drop
d) (Hiphil)
1) to let drop, abandon, relax, refrain, forsake
2) to let go
3) to refrain, let alone
4) to be quiet
e) (Hithpael) to show oneself slack

I needed to take this precious time to be quiet and relax myself before God, letting go and sinking into a time of prayer with Him. I was grateful for the chance to withdraw from the busyness of the morning and became very still and had a wonderful time as I re-started my day.

I usually start my prayer time with confession, but this morning I began in adoration. I was reminded that the Lord is to be exalted over all things, including everything from my hectic morning to the whole earth!

The Hebrew word for exalted is ruwm, which means:

1) to rise, rise up, be high, be lofty, be exalted
a) (Qal)
1) to be high, be set on high
2) to be raised, be uplifted, be exalted
3) to be lifted, rise
b) (Polel)
1) to raise or rear (children), cause to grow up
2) to lift up, raise, exalt
3) to exalt, extol
c) (Polal) to be lifted up
d) (Hiphil)
1) to raise, lift, lift up, take up, set up, erect, exalt, set on high
2) to lift up (and take away), remove
3) to lift off and present, contribute, offer, contribute
e) (Hophal) to be taken off, be abolished
f) (Hithpolel) to exalt oneself, magnify oneself
2) (Qal) to be rotten, be wormy

"Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy." ~ Psalm 99:5 (NIV)

We should always bow down to God and put everything under His feet, for He alone is holy. No matter how busy we think we are, nothing should detract from His holiness. You can bet I'll wake up on time in the morning! (I had grandchildren until 10:30 last night!)
The Hebrew word for holy in the verse above is qadowsh, which means:
1) sacred, holy, Holy One, saint, set apart
Our God is so Holy. He is to be the object of our affection and adoration. He deserves our stillness before Him, for only in that stillness can we really communicate with Him, devoting our hearts to hearing His response to our prayers. We are to set Him apart and above as sacred from all that is here on earth.
Will you be still before the Lord with me and exalt His holy Name?
B - Begin each day with Him in prayer. "But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you." ~ Psalm 88:13 (NIV)
E - Exalt Him above all things. "Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens." ~ Psalm 148:13 (NIV)
S - Set aside distractions to this time. "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." ~ Matthew 6:6 (NIV)
T - Trust His holy name as we rejoice in Him. "In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name." ~ Psalm 33:21 (NIV)
I - Intrust Him with all prayers. "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." ~ Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
L - Look for opportunities to pray. "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always." ~ 1 Chronicles 6:11 (NIV)
L - Love Him as He loves us. "We love because he first loved us." ~ 1 John 4:19 (NIV)
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Esthermay said...

The play-by-play of your hectic morning sets up this WFW photo perfectly.
What a beautiful portrait of His invitation to "be still... " I love it!

Joan said...

Be still. There is so much truth and power in those two words.
Thanks for a the great post.

Beth in NC said...

I loved your post. I used the same scripture on my post too.

Have a blessed day!

LAURIE said...

Laurie Ann, we can all relate to your busy morning. So many times we rush around and forget to even ask God to go with us. What a great reminder that we need to take time for our spiritual feeding! -Blessings, Laurie

Susan said...

Amazing, as always.

So glad the Lord allow you the time to get this done. Even if you left rushed!

You must type fast Laurie, it takes me so long to so my short posts!

Blessings to you this WFW♥

Deanna said...

As someone who just rushed in from pushing my boys out the door, flying through carpool lines and barely squeaking into the gas station before my gas tank hit empty... Thank you!

Debra said...

to let drop...abandon! yes, Lord! let me drop and abandon everything that You want me to and rest in You!

Blessings to you, my friend. Happy Wednesday!

Joyfull said...

What a beautiful reminder of how easy it is to get too busy. May we always be ready to be still before Him.

He And Me + 3 said...

So glad you made it on time & took the time to meet with the Lord. I love the acrostics...I am going to use that one for sure. Just beautiful!

MyJourneyBack said...

I loved your post again. Do you write those acrostics? They are great. I am glad you got to have a few min. to Be Still. I know what you mean about rushing into the day and forgetting to rest in him. Thanks for sharing and reminding us of his patience.
Have a Blessed day,

Jnette said...

I really enjoyed your post Laurie Ann! I have been struggling on how to start out the day, what do I pray for about? What can I say that brings Him glory? I am not a morning person, so I wake up and first thing I read my bible. I came out of the Word of Faith movement and have had many prayers memorized in "telling God what you want". I find now that it was so selfish and was all about me, not Him.
Anyway, thanks for this beautiful post, it is very helpful to me!

Kristi said...

So beautiful. I loved your honesty today.

Tracy said...

What a beautiful and powerful post! I love the picture/scripture you chose! Thank you for sharing it with us! Blessings!

Cheryl said...

Laurie Ann,

Beautiful. I'll send you a picture of what I recently got and love re: Be Still.


Chelle said...

Stunning, thank you for sharing!

AnooCre8ion said...

Laurie Ann, this is such a beautiful post. So much truth in it.

Thank you for allowing God to speak through you this Wednesday.


lori said...

I'm working on a post right now for my Internet Cafe devotional with that exact just confirmed some things that have been on my heart...


hip chick said...

this is my verse for the year along with Pray without ceasing. I believe God led me to these verses at the beginning of this year because He knew that I needed to concentrate in these area's. Now, every where I go I see them popping out at me. I must have been so blind before!

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

What a wonderful post, Laurie Ann!

Blessings, friend!

Amydeanne said...

okay first that picture is breathtaking! and yes.. be still.. that's what I need!

Mimi said...

Great post!

God Chaser said...

Wonderful post, I need to do more "being still". Be blessed

Peggy said...

Laurie Ann...The way you began your post so naturally and presented so perfectly how we each go about our day & then recall...oops...but HE does have you in His hands...and I know that He was so glad when you took the time to BE STILL...I could not start one day without spending time with Him...He became such a part of my waking up...exalting Him, thanking Him and being still.
Then on with my music of worship while I do "things" and sometimes I have to say...oh, did I put on my full armor?...just like did I take my vitamin...but I must spend that spirit really needs to be still...begin with Him that was so
KEY as you began you acrostic!!!

Excellent teaching and real life lesson! I love so much how you bare your soul and shine Jesus! Thank you for being real as you teach this study with so many great points. Yet the photo & this verse
have remained engrained in my brain
all day...until I could finally sit still and write a comment to thank you! Bless you as you bless us with a beautiful Word Filled Wednesday!

Denise said...

So lovely.