Five Minute Friday is a weekly writing challenge and linkup, where you write for 5 minutes on a designated word. Every so often, when I find myself with some writing time between Friday and Sunday, I plan to take this challenge. When I have done this I find that my 5 mintues of writing tends to reflect something that is going on in my life or my general reflections. So I share these short posts with this in mind – this is simply my immediate thoughts when I read this word today.
This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: Rise
Rise up – when I saw that ‘rise’ was the word to think on this weekend, the phrase “Rise up and Worship” came to mind. It is a phrase we are very familiar with as Christians – many songs stir us to rise up and worship so it was no wonder it came to mind. But in looking through the Bible, admittedly fairly quickly, I couldn’t find such a phrase. But the words ‘rise up’ certainly are used.
There is the plea for God to rise up and rescue
To rise up against something – to stand against something
To awaken – both from a physical slumber, but also from a daze (inferred)
To get up – to act, move, stir yourself
There were a number of words that were used in original language that has been translated ‘rise up’ but I was left with a sense of action, purpose, strength when I glanced through these translations/definitions. This isn’t to be a strict exposition but rather trying to get an understanding of what God wants me to reflect on. Rise up – stand against something, get up out of my slumber, stir myself. God will rise up and rescue.
To worship God is to focus on Him, to make him bigger in my life, to lift Him up so that He is bigger than everything. But there are times in my life that I need to truly rise up to worship:
- I need to stand against my selfish desires to do my own thing (rise up Belinda!)
- I need to get up out of my slumber, stir myself from this haze of physical, emotional, spiritual slumber (rise up Belinda!)
- I need to let God arise
Worship is always a choice – will I focus on myself, will I focus on God?
One of the key sermons that shaped my life as an early 20-something, was the idea of Objective Truth. That something is true, regardless of my feelings, regardless of the circumstances. God is God regardless of my feelings, regardless of the circumstances. Rise up Belinda and worship – make Him bigger in my life, lift him up so that He is over everything, love him as He has loved you! It is a choice to rise up and worship!
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