© 2020 Bill Murphy
God has never spoken to me in an audible voice. He’s never spoken to my heart in words saying, “Bill I need to tell you something.” But He does speak to me. He speaks through other people and through events… ways that I’d be an idiot not to understand.
I began to question my quest to tell anyone who’ll listen of my sincere belief that there’s a fundamental, scriptural difference between the terms WORSHIP and PRAISE. People said that I should basically ‘give it up,’ that my quest was a ‘hopeless cause.’ It was disheartening. Was I wrong? Was I wrong to believe as I do? Was I stupid for trying to explain?
And then, five times with ten days, God spoke, through others.
The first three occasions came during a single church service. The preacher said, “WE NEED TO ADJUST WHAT WE BELIEVE.” Hey, that’s what I’ve been trying to say! Then he made two other statements: “SHARE THE TRUTH IN LOVE.” And… JESUS DID NOT BACK DOWN FROM THE TRUTH.” Wow. I heard that, God. Thank you! I’m on it!
That week I began my study once again. In my original search of scripture, I came across an Old Testament reference to Worship found in the account of the giving of the Ten Commandments. I re-read this, taking note that in the story, the ‘worship event’ of the golden calf was referred to as a feast. Intrigued, I did a study on Hebrew feasts. The very next week, the minister’s subject topic was, you guessed it, FEAST. God, does this Old Testament event really hold a clue to what you showing me? It sure looks like it. (That sermon message also tied in ‘having fun’ with feasts.)
The following Tuesday night I attended my bi-monthly writer’s club meeting. I really tried to find an excuse not to attend. But I went. I’m thankful I did, otherwise I’d have missed message five.
One of our members usually writes prose, but dabbles a bit in poetry. That night she brought three short poems to share. The third poem was titled HOLY MOSES. It was a whimsical ditty about the disgruntled Hebrew Children in the wilderness. Wow!
Yes Lord, I heard You.