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Worship the Lord, O Colorado!

We are blessed in Colorado to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

And to think God, who created such beauty and the entire universes, desires a relationship with us so much that He sent His Son to die for us, boggles the mind.

Such wonder! Such beauty! Such love!

In response, we worship. We tell Him in many ways — in the arts, in what we think, say, and do, and even in body language — He’s awesome and we love Him.

I’ve sung in a choir or served on a worship team for many years. From up front, you get a good view of facial expressions, body language, whether or not the congregation is into worship. Some people stand there with bored expressions, barely moving their lips, crossing their arms, shifting from one foot to the other. I think sometimes God’s up there saying, “Oh, really?” But there are those who sing with gusto, eyes alert, arms raised, or hands clapping in time.

Matthew 18:2-4 says we must come to God like little children. My family has an old super 8 film of my sister when she was two. She’s sitting on a step wearing a stoic expression, then this big white cat walks up to her. Her eyes widen, her lips turn up into a big smile and she claps her hands—such an expression of delight. I remember when my son, about four, spied a tall milkshake coming his way topped with piles of whip cream and a cherry. When he sipped it, he looked like he thought he was in heaven. And another time, I gave a small friend a pack of animal crackers. He put his hand in mine and thanked me.

I used to babysit a little boy with autism. He rarely would look into anyone’s eyes. But one time, I took him swimming and whirled him around in the pool. His sparkling eyes looked into my mine for several seconds and his mouth dropped open in excitement. I always think of that expression as the personification of joy. One evening, after not seeing him for awhile, we met, hugged, and whirled around. It’s like we were celebrating each other. That’s what worship can be like, when the Bride of Christ and the Holy Spirit meet, and celebrate each other.

Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” NIV

Which person you are you? Are you like one of the children I described, or are you the one impatiently tapping your foot waiting for the choir or worship team to get done with their singing?

We have a lot to be thankful for in this part of the country. And we have a lot to be thankful for spiritually. When we worship Him, let us be more like little kids on Christmas morning, than grumpy parents who have to be pulled out of bed.

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