Read: Psalm 100

Let’s begin this week with a trivia question.  What new product was introduced to the world on October 23, 2001?  If you want some time to think about that question before seeing the answer I will write a couple more sentences here with some hints before telling you the answer.  This product has become one of the best known in the world.  This company is now more widely known and recognized than almost any other company in the world.  Have you got your answer?  The Apple Ipod was introduced on October 23, 2001.

Since that time there have been many other “i” products that Apple has introduced.  There has been the iPad, the iPhone, and the music service called iTunes.   There even is a company now named “iWorship” that produces worship videos and songs for the larger church.  Oh, and there is even a church named “iWorshipCenter” in Springfield, Illinois.  All of this started me thinking about another question.

How often do we think about our own personal worship space?  We usually refer to worship as the time that we gather together as God’s people in a particular building, in a particular place, to worship Christ together.  That is a very important time and a time that I treasure more than anything else in my week.  But worship should be something I do throughout the week as well.  I need to find ways to worship God in the daily walk and the daily work.

The iPod was named this way because it was a personal portable music player.  How can we make our worship personal and portable?  Many ways come to mind but each person needs to embrace what works for them and what draws them closer to God and into his presence.  Maybe it is silence, perhaps it is listening to scripture while you drive, maybe it is listening to praise and worship music, perhaps it is time spent in prayer and listening to God, maybe it’s a walk in the woods or a walk somewhere else? 

In Psalm 100 we read the words of someone who is giving the Lord their personal praise and thanksgiving.  They are worshiping and entering his presence (Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise).  This can be done throughout our day and even into our nights.  May we find ways to worship the Lord and praise him for what he has done.  May we find ways to seek after Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us on this journey.

Make it personal:  Try to notice how many people are using their iPads, iPhones, or iPods today as you go about your day.  Think about the amount of time we spend on those devices compared to the time we think about worshiping the Lord.  Let’s make a commitment to be more intentional about finding time and ways to worship Jesus throughout our week.
Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church