Worship Gives Me A Reason When A Reason Can’t Be Found

Worship Gives Me a Reason When a Reason Can’t Be Found

There is no reason to sing. There is no reason to smile. There is no reason to lift my hands or say a creed or surrender to God.

At least, that’s what my heart sometimes tells me when I walk into a room on a Sunday morning after a hard, hard week.

Anxieties are high. Fear is strong. Faith feels like a thread running through a tapestry laced with thousands of threads of heartache.

Then the worship leader steps up. The band begins to play. Through words, music, and spiritual leadership, bringing the songs of Zion to my eyes and ears, I am given a reason.

A reason to sing. Jesus. A reason to smile. Hope. A reason to lift my hands and say a creed and surrender to God. Life abundant is found here.

I leave strong in the Lord, confident in His mighty power. I came in one person, and, through worship, I left another.

Worship offers meaning when I’ve lost the plot.

Worship gives me a reason when a reason can’t be found.




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Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.