Friday, August 15, 2008

audience of one [+] Friday E-Devotion

A couple years ago I had a conversation with a prayer warrior friend, Harry from Tulsa, that led me to hear about and understand the concept of an "audience of one".  This is good.  So good.
I read about people who prepared to preform for people like presidents, queens and others.  There would be lots of people in the audience, yet with the honorable one in attendance, the performance would ultimately feel like an "audience of one".  Moving a bit further I learned how we are living our lives and giving our praise for an audience of one, that is God.  The one who made us, loves us, sent His son for us and continues to give to us every day.
The music group Big Daddy Weave puts it this way in their song by the same name:
To my audience of one
You are Father, and you are Son
As your spirit flows free,
Let it find within me
A heart that beats to praise you.
And now just to know you more
Has become my great reward
To see your kingdom come
And your will be done
I only desire to be yours,
That is the chorus, and it hits me right in the heart and questions my motives.  Honestly, it takes me to love and cherish times, quiet times with my God.  My heart does beat to praise Him because without Him we are lost and desperate.
Ephesians 3:14 (nasb) --- For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
1 Peter 5:6 (nlt) --- So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
Ephesians 3:12 (nlt) --- Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence.
Time with God.  Being in God's presence.  That is a gift from God that we ought to enjoy and get encouraged by in big ways!  He is our "audience of one."
I close with you the last verse from the song I talked about above:
So what could I bring
To honor your majesty
What song could I sing
That would move the heart of royalty
And all that I have
Is the life that you've given me
So Lord let me live for you
My song with humility

And Lord as the love song
Of my life is played
I have one desire
To bring glory to your name

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