You are Lord of All. I’ll follow where you lead. I lay at you feet. You can have all of me
These beautiful words are lyrics from a song most of you haven’t heard. These lyrics were written by a beautiful worship group in Cincinnati at a church, I myself, had never heard of until one evening 5 years ago. God revealed this congregation of believers after my oldest daughter went away to college in Cincinnati. ( Go Bearcats!) I knew that finding a good church home was key for her success in a town far away from home. The whole story is a total God story. I googled one evening….. best sermons on podcasts. I use to run long distance and loved to listen to podcasts. The top five list included this church called Crossroads in Cincinnati. After listening to their podcast, I was hooked and informed my daughter about this church. A low and behold, they were building a satellite church on her campus. Five years later, baptism, mission trip to Nicaragua, boyfriend and family as co-congregants, her life changed and forever stronger in Christ because of this church.. Thank you Jesus!!!
I only share this story, because I feel personally that we should present our offerings to God and lay these at his feet during worship. And yes, we can worship at home. But there is no better place to worship at his feet than with a group of other believers. The original children of God felt this way too. David was carried away with his fleshly desires and came up with the idea of worshiping God in a temple, in a house of worship. We know God is so much bigger than any church. Bigger than any temple. But I am so thankful for my own church and the gifts that worship has given me there over the years.
Take a look at 2 Samuel :7 and read how David first came up with the idea of building a temple.
1After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.” 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.
But David was not allowed to finish his mighty temple idea. His son Solomon finished building it.
Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected. 12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place. 1 Chronicles 17:11-14
Notice in verses 14 above: humble yourself, pray , seek my face, and turn from your wicked ways…….attend to prayer that is made in this place. This place, a house of sacrifice. Maybe David and Solomon’s desires were man made desires to build this holy temple, but I have no doubt that when I worship in the temple, in my little community temple, and bring my offerings to God, I feel closer to him and surrounded in his presence.
Spotify song of the day of course is from this beautiful church called Crossroads. They have produced albums and written their own songs. I will also post a link to their Youtube video of this song. The song is titled “Lord of All” , album produced in 2019 called You Are Able. Check it out on Apple Music. And their very popular podcast. Enjoy!