Wasting Time In The Presence of God
Posted: Monday, August 3
2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33
Verse of the day:
I love your sanctuary, Lord, the place where your glorious presence dwells. (Psalm 26:8)
There’s a book sitting on my office shelf titled “A Royal Waste of Time.” I like the curious title although I’m pretty sure that the title itself is a deterrent for readership. Who wants to read a 400-page book about wasting time? Seems like a . . . well . . . waste of time. And in full disclosure, I made it somewhere towards page 200 before the weeds overtook me, and the book was re-sentenced to my bookshelf.
The gem of the piece is the concept that it’s built upon. The author, Marva Dawn, believes that we should perceive worship as a ‘royal' waste of time.
“Worship ought not be construed in a utilitarian way. Its purpose is not to gain numbers nor for our churches to be seen as successful. Rather, the entire reason for our worship is that God deserves it. Moreover, it isn’t even useful for earning point with God, for what we do in worship won’t change one whit how God feels about us . . . By engaging in it, we don’t accomplish anything useful in our society’s terms. It is indeed, a ‘royal’ waste of a time.”
I want not to waste time in the presence of God. I don’t want an agenda or a todo list. I don’t want to ask what I’m getting or engage only when it seems beneficial. I want to live in agreement with David: “I love your sanctuary, Lord, the place where your glorious presence dwells.”