For those of us who live in a northern state in the U.S., we can experience a dryness in the air during the winter months, so that it isn’t an uncommon thing that if we touch something in the house, we may get a shock. I really don’t understand it, but the reality is there that the lack of humidity and my touching something produces static to cause a shock. I can testify to my experience and others can verify their similar “shocking” experience.
I thought of that phenomena today in a different way this morning. I was at a breakfast with a guy named Dave and he was sharing with me about his work. In that conversation, he mentioned an experience he had with a co-worker where he was explaining the lyrics of a song he was whistling. The song had to do with the love of God.
As he was recounting his experience, his eyes started moistening and his voice started quivering. He was being moved by the Holy Spirit as he spoke about the overwhelming love of God. It was a “shocking’ experience that was connecting him for just an instant to the reality of the holiness of God. Just his talking about the amazing love of God was moving him to worship (though he might not even have realized it). I can relate. I, too, can have my emotions stirred up by just talking about Him, and be brought to emotionally worshiping Him, as I describe His involvements in my life.
More and more it seems that both my wife and I can hardly get through a church service (and sometimes just conversations with people) where we aren’t experiencing this “shock” of the reality of connecting in a moment of worship with the overpowering truth of the realities of our living, and loving, and holy God.
It makes me think of this historical passage from the Bible about a woman who I believe was also “shocked” by connecting with the truth of being in the presence of a pure and holy and mighty God, Jesus Christ. What could she do, but be moved to heightened, overflowing emotions of pure joy and worship of Him?
A Sinful Woman Forgiven
Luke 7:36-50 (esv). 36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among[h] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Friends, my point in all this is not that we should seek to be emotional regarding our relationship with God, but rather that we should strive to know Him better. As we do, at times, emotions will come. Never apologize for them, for they are glimpses of worship.
As you are focused on Him, why would you ever want to suppress any “shocking” moments where you are being stirred to connecting with Him in the worshiping of Him? Let it go and adore Him.