Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Abiding in Worship

Mary searched for Jesus at the tomb where He had been buried. In her weeping, she heard Him call her by name. She turned her full attention to Him and answered, “Rabboni!” (meaning Teacher). Then she ran to tell His disciples as He instructed her to do.

Another Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His word. Instead of busying herself with serving like her sister Martha, Mary settled on the worship of Jesus. Her eyes were fixed on the Lord as she quietly abided in His presence.

Are you a “Mary” seeking and abiding in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ? Can you recite with conviction the words that likely resonated in the hearts of these two women? Hear with your heart the words of the psalmist:

Give ear to my words, O LORD,
Consider my groaning.
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray.
In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house,
At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.
O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes;
Make Your way straight before me.
But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:1-3, 7-8, 11-12 (NASB)
If you’ve been searching for the truth, which is Jesus Christ, I pray that you’ll soon find Him and recognize Him as He calls your name. If you’ve known Him for a while, but the busyness of life has engulfed you, I pray that you will hear Him say, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
Make time daily to abide in the Lord’s presence. You don’t need to strive to serve Him in glorious ways by doing more for Him. His desire for you is to be more with Him. In John 15, Jesus pleads for an abiding relationship with His disciples, which includes us. If we stay connected to the Vine (Jesus), remaining steadfast in a relationship with Him, we’ll live an abundant life of service with our Lord. We’ll be productive fruit bearers for Christ. But first settle in and abide DAILY!
As I sat in the Lord’s presence this morning, an old hymn came to mind and I remembered how important our relationship is. I pray it will bless you as you abide with Him. 

MORE LOVE TO THEE by Elizabeth Prentiss
More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

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