fbpx

“The Reminder of Worship” by Hayley Hutchins

by | Mar 19, 2019

*Originally shared on 2/20/18

One time I found a copy of this book, Praise Habit by David Crowder, in the church’s lost & found. By the way, if you’re missing that book, hit me up! I have it! The theme of the book is what the band Rend Collective calls “the art of celebration”, the habit of turning your heart to Jesus when things are good and also when things are not good. It’s about putting on the habit or clothing of worship, in a monastic sense, and also about making worship a habit. It’s not a book about “You should worship Jesus without ceasing.” It’s a book about HOW to worship Jesus without ceasing. It’s not a list of how-to’s, but it shows you what that looks like. It brings you into the author’s own worship, and in sharing his heart he shows how to worship.

True confessions, sometimes I don’t like reading the Psalms. I feel like they’re a cheap high, like the words are too easy, the feelings too relatable. The Psalms sometimes make me feel like I’m medicating myself with a faith that is just feel-good theology. The Psalms comfort me, and for some reason I feel like comfort is a dessert I haven’t earned. Like the Psalms are milk & honey and the rest of the Bible, with the difficult things, that’s where the meat is.

But Crowder’s book reminds me that I’m totally wrong about that. And I need reminding!

Following Jesus is hard. It demands the sacrifice of everything. It means selfishness isn’t an option. It means devotion and dedication of my life: soul, mind, heart, strength. And I’m like, how do I do that? What if I can’t seem to do that?

But I forget that following Jesus is also easy. I focus so much on the “should do” instead of the “how to do” that I end up trying to earn my salvation by my own self-righteousness. Because how do we follow Jesus? By grace. And how do worship in spirit and truth? By grace. No wonder I get overwhelmed by the expensive, expensive cost of following Jesus. I’m not cut out for this; that’s why I came to Jesus in the first place. That’s why I need grace. I need reminding!

And when I’m not sure how to live by grace, I look to the Psalms, and they point me to worship, which aligns my heart to find comfort in my Jesus. Worship is disciplining our hearts to remember, always remember that only Jesus can make me righteous.

And just as surely as He saved us, He will show us how to live.

Recent Posts.

God Provides, Remember?

God Provides, Remember?

Lately, I have been considering the reach of God’s provision, and how to maintain perspective when I find myself wanting. Whether it is a leaky roof, a car that needs a repair, a medical need, or the need for personal touch, we all have tangible needs that can lead us...

read more
The Royal Path

The Royal Path

“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14). The Lord has called us to follow Him, which means we have to walk on the narrow path. The path is guaranteed to be a hard one, since we will face temptations...

read more
A Camp Song

A Camp Song

     As I write this, Jon and I are missing two boys. They are in New Hampshire, having a grand adventure with the youth group at Camp Berea. Seeking God, bonding with friends. Time to play, snack, run, be loud, compete, feel wild, and make great memories. I can’t...

read more