Altars, Altars, Everywhere
1How lovely is your dwelling place, LordAlmighty! 2My soul yearns, even faints,for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 4Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. 5Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 7They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 8Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 9Look on our shield, look with favor on your anointed one. 10Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11For the LordGod is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
God is revealed in the mountaintops of life as well as in the valleys. How is it that you expect to see God? Are you looking for mountaintops or spiritual ‘highs’?
God is often revealed in the mundane times of life. What might that look like for you?
When have you experienced God on the mountaintop?
When have you experienced God in the ordinary living of life?
Is a time of worship only powerful if we feel something? How might worship be more about what we offer to God than how we feel about our time with God?
This link shows a great altar idea for families of one or many.
Check out Pinterest or Google for more ideas for creating worship spaces at home.
Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC