Summary: The importance of worship in helping us stand firm against many of life’s challenges and temptations.

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Let Us Worship And Bow Down (II) -

Time In God’s Presence

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Time In God’s Presence p.1

Max Lucado tells a traumatic tale - a chapter in the life of a parakeet named Chippie. It began when the

bird’s owner decided to clean his cage.....

.....with a vacuum cleaner.

She was almost finished when the phone rang, so she turned around to answer it. Before she knew it,

Chippie was gone.

In a panic she ripped open the vacuum bag. There was Chippie, covered in dirt and gasping for air. She

carried him to the bathroom and rinsed him off under the faucet.

Looking at this dripping mini mass of poultry, it dawned on the owner that Chippie was cold and wet......

so she reached for the hair dryer.....

A few days later a friend asked Chippie’s owner how the little parakeet was recovering.

"Well", she replied, "Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore. He just sits and stares."

No kidding!

Sometimes life can do that to us, can’t it? We feel sucked up, washed out and blown away by one

struggle or another.

The song is gone.

All we feel like doing is sitting and staring.

On a collective scale, the comfort, security and insular nature of life in North America was blown away on

September 11. War came to our shores on a scale not seen since the American Civil War.

The four planes blew it away in a few mind-numbing minutes.

Then the anthrax - invisible attack by an unseen enemy.

Airlines going bankrupt; company cash flows decimated; holidays cancelled; armies mobilized and borders all

but sealed ----

Western society tries to shake off the daze.

For the first time in years America has a Secretary Of Homeland Defence.

People are left in a climate of fear.

I received a package in the mail this week from Florida.

It had been ripped open at customs and torn to shreds.

On this Remembrance Day, when we salute all those who fought in wars past, fought to secure our nation’s

freedom, and protect the peace in which we seek to raise our children and live our lives –

we are keenly aware again how fragile that all is.

We’re face to face with how quick the slip is, how steep the drop, away from peace and into chaos.

We, as a society who thought we had it all, have discovered that all we have is not too terribly much......

...... not really.

Welcome to the club, David would say.

I’m referring to David, king of ancient Israel and legendary hero of the Jewish people. Their flag bears his star.

If there was someone who knew both sides of the fence:

- the side of good times and power

- and the side of suffering and pain

that would be David.

Royal King David had begun life as a poor shepherd’s son. Was plucked from there under rather strange

circumstances into the service of the king. Fought giants. Became best friends with the king’s son. Later

became king himself. Led Israel on an unparalleled time of national expansion and conquest. Accumulated

vast riches. Was a musician of significant skill. A poet.

Time In God’s Presence p.2


David also was plotted against in a coup attempt by his own son, who was killed when David’s army counterattacked.

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