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Lessons from My Youngest Daughter


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Recently my youngest daughter was expressing her passion for worship—she lives and breathes it.  People often kid her about how she removes her shoes when leading worship at church, but she quietly reminds them of Joshua 5:10-15. Once when discussing how different people worship differently, she taught me something special, something very special. “DaddyTom,” she said, “you worship through your Bible study.”

I was taken aback. Yes, I’ve always enjoyed Bible study, but I’d never thought of it as worship.  Recently, my Pastor, Dr. Joe Alain, taught a lesson about worship at Thrive.  He showed from Isaiah 6 that worship was a response to the Lord God Himself.  Wow. Yes, Bible study usually pleases me intellectually, and sometimes in Bible study He awakes in me the very presence of God. As a student of the Word, I shouldn’t be surprised, but here was my 26 year old teaching me something special—worship’s reward is God’s presence. Wow, again.

Of course, I turned to the Scriptures. Wow again. About studying the Scriptures, the Psalmist said,
       How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  and
Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light for my path.

No wonder.  My God enriches me with His sweet words, and He lights my path.  Praise to the Lord God!