Have you heard the song, “O Come To the Altar” by Elevation Worship? This song is part of my scavenger hunt of learning how to celebrate God His way.
I remember the first time I heard at my church in Nashville. It was one of those songs that go right past your ears and reach to your heart. That is what happened when I heard that song during altar time at Grace Church Nashville. There is something significant about this song, in season, right now.
So what happened from there? I heard it on the radio, my daughter randomly played it on the piano in our basement, over and over this song came within my hearing. Time to listen, really listen. When something is repeated over and over my heart perks up and says, “pay attention, God is trying to tell you something.” Listen, don’t just listen and say “that’s nice” but really listen and ask “What is the Spirit of God trying to say to me?” Time to listen, really listen.
I don’t have the answer to that question, instead I have the beginning of a journey trying to answer many questions.
- What does it mean to come to the altar?
- How does this relate to the altar talked about in the first tabernacle design in the Old Testament?
- What specific altar is Jesus inviting me to come to?
So, I would like to ask you to join me in the adventure. Questions waiting for answers. Answers that are a process to define. Answers that will lead to. I don’t know yet, but I am waiting to find out. Listening, really listening. Honestly, answers that I think will be a collective journey of thoughts triggered by His Word, the Holy Spirit and some of you.
This adventure, should you choose to accept it, may require digging deep in the Word, praying in His Presence and listening, not with just the ears on the side of your head but the ears in the middle of your heart.
Will you join me in the adventure? You may be an integral part of this puzzle that God is putting the pieces together. Please share your part and let’s see where we go. Don’t forget, it’s not just about the destination but also the journey.
So, please join me by helping me unpack our first question, “What does come to the altar mean to you?”
I encountered a situation where my emotions were flaring up and but they couldn’t get past Philippians 2:14,
“Do everything without complaining and arguing…”
I had this internal conversation with God, “…But I can’t, how can I do everything without anger and complaining? I cannot do this on my own. Holy Spirit will you help me? I need your help.” It was time to come to the altar.
“Two ears are put side by side it form the shape of the heart. lnterestingly,
the word ‘ear’ sits right in the middle of the word ‘heart’ (h-ear-t). The ear is the way to the heart. So, if you want someone’s heart, learn to listen to them. If you want God’s heart, learn to listen to Him through the pages of His word” — author unknown