- On October 10, 2013
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After leaving Venice Beach I arrived at Dana Point later in the afternoon. I had never been to the beach at the park before and I was excited to see what was in store. As I walked toward the beach I saw the beginnings of the Pacific and it was gorgeously blue. Then I saw the breaking surf.
It was a beautiful break from right to left that lasted for what seemed like forever. The surfers were lined up and with each incoming wave a few would jump on and start their ride. It was beautiful to watch. As the wave broke behind them it rose and curled in front of them. Many of the surfers simply stood and glided across the wave top. Some of them on shorter boards cut into the wave more aggressively. However the wave seemed to be asking them to slow down and enjoy the view. I watched surfer after surfer for over an hour ride this amazing series of waves.
I was reminded of how the Spirit is often present in our worship. The Spirit rises up among the people and we are lifted into the presence of God. Our praises ride upon this spiritual presence and we are moved from one place to the next according to the will of God. While some may want to be more aggressive, the Spirit usually seems to be inviting us to rest in the Lord and journey in His presence for awhile.
But what do the surfers know about surfing that many Christians don’t seem to understand about worship? Watch surfers and and see where they are looking. They are looking out at the source of the wave. Even when the water is flat, they wait expectantly, knowing there will be a wave coming and they want to be ready to ride when it does. How many times do we enter into worship not really looking for the presence of God? Nor are we ready when the Spirit invites us to experience God in a personal way. If we are coming to worship with a desire to meet with God, shouldn’t we be looking for that moment when God speaks to us and says, “loved one, I am here?”
How much different would our worship be if we are like those surfers in worship? I know I arrive at every worship service wondering how God will make Himself known and I am waiting for that moment so that I will be able to meet with Him. Take a look at the story of the bridesmaids and the lamps, or the pool of Bethesda. Jesus said that God inhabits the praise of his people. We should always worship as if that is true.