When I get alone with God and praise Him out loud, the Spirit will often help by giving me words. During a recent time of early morning worship, the Spirit prompted me to thank the Lord for "directing the steps of my heart." I recorded the phrase in my journal because it seems significant. Now I'm becoming aware of how God leads my heart on a regular basis.
Christians are cautioned to not take action based on emotion, and that sounds like good advice. But the Spirit undeniably leads us with Godly desire and love. Certainly, we must not act on human impulse, but when God orchestrates our moves with the beat of His own heart, we would be foolish not to follow.
A few days ago, I found myself doing something that would have been too difficult if not for the tremendous pull of love. In my heart where God abides, I simply had no choice.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love - 1 John 4:8....
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation - Psalm 24:3-5.
Christians toss words around that others don't understand and that often we ourselves don't thoroughly comprehend. I recently Googled the words, "praise" and "worship." I want to be sure my efforts in these areas are what God desires from me. Here is what I found:
To say or write good things about. To express approval of. To express thanks to or love and respect for God. (Merriam Webster)
The offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship. A hymn of praise to God. (Dictionary.com)
Extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to. To show respect and love...