I’m reading Pastor Scott Roen’s blog today, participating in our church’s “40 Days of Prayer” campaign, and I’m moved by the following scripture passage:

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
(1 Chronicles 16:8-10 ESV)

The last part of verse 10 is what caught my attention this morning — let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Notice that it does not say, ‘let those who have it all together’ OR ‘let those who have all the answers’ OR ‘let those who are really smart’, etc. Rather, the Psalmist is telling us to rejoice as we are seeking the Lord. This is so encouraging because it give us permission to worship and rejoice if we are having a bad day, if we are confused about something related to God, and so on.

God doesn’t require us to be perfect in order to come to him in worship – he just wants our hearts, our attention. Where’s your heart today? Are you seeking the LORD?

Think about this passage of scripture the next time you attend church (tomorrow for me) and know that God is pleased when you seek him and rejoice!

 

 

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