024004 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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Psalm 40: I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness
In the great assembly;
Indeed, I do not restrain my lips,
O Lord, You Yourself know.
10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth
From the great assembly.
Week after week a pastor faces a crowd of people who are looking for some sort of entertainment, some sort of provocation, but who usually, and ultimately fail to grasp the idea that worship is a not a spectator sport. Perhaps the greatest cause of pastor burnout is the fact that in most churches, unless there is a real crisis in the community such as the horrific events of 9/11/2001, week after week he faces what is seen in the illustration above. Franky I have seen murals that were more lively than most congregations. Have you ever heard the phrase “fat dumb and happy”?
The churches response over the last couple of hundred years has been to “hold revivals”. Largely these have been an attempt to awaken the sleeping “dead” of the church, but we have deluded ourselves into thinking that the events were evangelistic in nature.
I apologize if your particular sensibilities and experiences have been to the contrary, however I have come to the conclusion that most awakenings occur when there is a genuine spirit of repentance and forgiveness that coincides with a vastness of despair over the sad condition of our brothers and sisters. For whom are you interceding today?
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