The First Cause

Worship is to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence to that most ancient Mystery, that Majesty which philosophers call the First Cause but which we call Our Father Which Are in Heaven. ~ A.W. Tozer

I find my focus is changing from constantly striving to know more and more about God, to a deep desire to know God more and more.

As I long to know Him, my heart is increasingly drawn to worship. I’ve often been a participant in worship services, but I haven’t done a lot of worshiping – not in the way Tozer describes here:

a delightful sense of admiring awe

an astonished wonder

an overpowering love

Sometimes I experience those things when I’m joining others in prayer or singing praise songs or beloved hymns. But more often, it isn’t in the singing, it’s in the sitting.

It’s in those silent moments that the air is filled with awe and wonder in the presence of the Most Ancient Mystery.

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About Debbie

A former counselor and public speaker, I'm grateful for many, many things - God's grace most of all!

33 responses to “The First Cause”

  1. Jeff says :

    Beautiful words…as always. That’s where I am, too. Striving to know him more, and, in the process, know more about him AND more about me! He’s teaching me about me, too! Sometimes, things I don’t want to know.

    • Debbie says :

      Hello Jeff – I don’t think we can be remade without getting much better acquainted with our Maker and with His blue print.
      The days I don’t like what I see in me are the days of the greatest potential for change, don’t you think, my brother? :D
      ~Debbie

  2. Drusilla Mott says :

    Debbie, this is where my heart is leading me recently – striving to draw closer to Him and to know Him better.

    But like so many others, things have been so crazy here, if I don’t get up at 6AM and get my time with Him first, I don’t get time with Him – other than seconds thrown in between everything else. Or I have to wake in the dark, quiet of the night to draw closer to Him.

    My heart has been crying out for more of Him, but the outside things get in the middle and distract. I think that is why I love to go outside after dark in the dead of winter and stand in the snow and look at the stars. It is so quiet and peaceful, and I can focus on Him and Him alone, praising Him for the beauty of His creation and for all He has done for me.

    Which reminds me. I hadn’t seen a shooting star in years, and was wishing that I could see one after talking to someone else that had recently seen one. I woke up in the middle of the night last night, as if someone had shaken me, I turned my head to looked out the window just in time to see a star go flying across the sky. I couldn’t stop smiling and praising Him for that blessing.

    • Debbie says :

      Wow, Drusilla!
      Talk about astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence to that most ancient Mystery, that Majesty which philosophers call the First Cause!
      Your own personal shooting star from the heart of the Father Who knows your heart and your desire to know Him more! What a sweet gift. Isn’t that just like Him? :D
      love and grace to you, my friend
      ~ Debbie

  3. Jan R Miesse says :

    Sometimes as I led worship – it was more work than true worship. I too, want to know God more and more instead of just knowing more about God. http://www.janrmiesse.com! Be blessed and bloom.

    • Debbie says :

      Jan – For me, the challenge is greater in a group setting – I can so easily become distracted. Thank you for sharing what it’s like as a ‘worship leader’. I can so see how challenging it would be to keep focused on the Father when you’re in that position.
      I’m headed over to check on your blooms. :D
      ~ Debbie

  4. chasingtheperfectmoment says :

    I love your comments about sitting in the silence. That is where the greatest of mysteries reveal themselves. Lovely blog. Look forward to more.

    • Debbie says :

      Hello CPM-
      Welcome to TMG!
      Thank you for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts.
      I can easily miss the mystery and only see the ordinary if I don’t spend some time in silence (not real natural for me). :D
      ~ Debbie

  5. SPTP2011 says :

    Oh Debbie! Praise music touches my soul! I feel God into my inner being when I worship through music
    God Bless
    susie

  6. Step On a Crack says :

    Debbie,

    Ok First: thank you. For everything.

    I am Here again and trying to move my Monkey Brain OUT and my Heart IN!
    I have been in church lately : High Holy Week, the funeral Rosary and the funeral Mass.

    I am actually realizing now after reading your post and Heidi’s that what I miss the most is the noon mass on weds. No one comes. It is quiet and without music and warm and

    quiet.

    I am trying on “no is a complete sentence”. I am praying for 1000 reasons BUT I am missing that QUIET in the pew when really the pew is everywhere. I don’t need to wait: I can go lay on the bathroom floor.

    God has a plan and as said above we may not ever know the plan BUT we will know God.

    I need to Know and Trust that God is working in my life: in all my life, even in tragedy.

    I am going to go lay on the bathroom floor. I will warn my men to just STAY OUT!

    I can never thank you enough. Never.

    Love and Peace and Gratitude to you,

    Jen

    • Debbie says :

      Hello dear Jen,
      I thought this might resonate with you:
      …to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence to that most ancient Mystery, that Majesty which philosophers call the First Cause but which we call Our Father Which Are in Heaven.
      Sounds just like you.
      You could write a really interesting poem about worshiping God on the bathroom floor! :D
      my prayers continue,
      ~ Debbie

  7. Ann says :

    Thank you, Deb

    I miss my times with Him… Life took an extra busy turn lately and the things that suffer most are my self-care and time with Him. *sigh*

    Thanks for the reminders. I have been getting much of that here lately. Perhaps the greatest reminder is that His grace is more than enough – even (and especially) when I come up short…

    God bless you,
    ann

    • Debbie says :

      Dear Ann –
      Yes, His grace is more than enough!
      Beautiful video.
      Hope life allows for some quiet breaths for you soon. :D
      Thank you, friend,
      Debbie

  8. Crowing Crone Joss says :

    it is in the quietness of my heart and the beauty of nature, that worship springs from within me.

  9. Caddo Veil says :

    Well, it took me 3 readings, including 2 return trips here–plus “cheating” by reading the comments–to feel I’d absorbed the message. (My brain feels like an Easter egg that had the inside blown out…or something.) I can say that I have most gratefully and with no small relief, progressed past head knowledge to heart experience on a daily, minute to minute basis. As Literary Lew said, I do still have to fight the “monkey chatter” in my head–but I’ve come to a peaceable acceptance of that, and just live my life around it. I suspect worship is a very individual thing, and that, too, I’ve accepted–and stopped judging how my appearance of worshiping might look/sound to others. Happy Friday to you Sis–I may email you this weekend. God bless you, and everyone here at Grace.

    • Debbie says :

      Caddo – :D
      Was I too obtuse again?
      I get that way sometimes, but not on purpose.
      I think it’s something like head to heart to hands…
      I look forward to hearing from you, anytime!
      ~ Debbie

  10. Debby says :

    You’ve reminded me of one of my favorite writings of O. Chambers where he says if we ask God his plans for us he will not reveal them. Rather he reveals more of HImself.

    • Debbie says :

      Debby – I love that quote, too.
      “Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is.”
      That’s what we yearn for isn’t it. We’re often just asking the wrong question.
      love and peace and grace,
      ~ Debbie

  11. Debbie says :

    Dear gracious one . . .you have blessed me so much with this. I am thinking that worshiping Him is the perfect answer to any of my questions. God bless you as you help us know Him more too! love – the other deb

  12. Heidi says :

    PS: Even Satan had head knowlege, with his quoting scripture back to Christ. It stands to reason there must be more that has to happen in order for us to have a relationship and a transorming power.

  13. Heidi says :

    “I find my focus is changing from constantly striving to know more and more about God, to a deep desire to know God more and more.”

    Wow. Got to get this into print! I love this one, Debbie. What a profound shift in your spiritual life. Moving from ‘knowlege’ to ‘worship’ has transformed my relationship with Him. I like how you say it.

  14. writinggomer says :

    Debbie, loved this…you have captured with a few words the heart of worship. Knowiing God, appreciating God, Loving God. Far to many make worship about themselves, “I need the right song, I need the right location”, or whatever. Worship is never about us, it is about Him.

    Thank you for this post, a breath of fresh air.

    Blessings to you today and every day Debbie
    Greg

    • Debbie says :

      Dear Greg-
      I think that’s what makes us so hard to please as a body of believers.
      We need more praise music! or I’m sick of these 7/11 praise songs.
      Why don’t they sing the beloved hymns? Why can’t they sing anything but old hymns?
      And on and on…
      Certainly we all have individual preferences, but when we gather to gather, worship can only happen when, as you said, when our focus is on Him, not on those preferences.
      Alone in the quiet of my heart, I’m the only obstacle to worship. I can still get in the way.
      I’m learning. :D
      ~ Debbie

  15. iamnotshe says :

    This is weird … i was thinking about going back to Grad school~ I’m getting the itch for a degree. BUT, i’m not up for the booking and testing and statistics. I think i need to focus on what i really want to know: That which has no definitive answer … God or spirit. Perhaps that’s why i want to go to school because someone tells me, no, that’s wrong, or yes, that’s right. The burden of learning about the mystical is the ability to be faithful, or is it HAVE faith. Rats! Give me a percentage will ya? LOVE YOU! mel

    • Debbie says :

      dear mel –
      It seems to me your faith is growing by leaps and bounds (in Harper speak)! :D
      I think the brew is going to surprise you.
      Believe me, if I could give you faith, you would have gotten the package a long time ago.
      You’re doing a fine job – you and God together!
      love and grace to you, mel,
      ~ Debbie

    • Step On a Crack says :

      Harper Power ALL THE WAY!

      XOXO Jen

  16. literary lew says :

    Very nice and very timely for me. I fear I am naturally geared to “learn more and more about God” and therefore my “monkey mind” chattering keeps me from knowing God. You have a sweet spirit and are doing good work here…and I’m sure with the rest of your life.

    • Debbie says :

      Dear Lew – You have a brillant mind. I love reading your blog! I certainly value knowlege of God and ‘knowing’ God.
      I’ve spent most of my adult life on a quest for more knowledge: more of the verb tense in the Greek, more of the culture of the Hebrews etc… all which interests me.But none of that has drawn into a more intimate knowing of Him. As my friend Heidi says – you have to transfer all the knowledge from your head to your heart.
      Thank you sharing your insights and your heart. ;)
      ~ Debbie

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