Worship of the Daily

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by Michael Larson

The daily grind. The everyday. Day-to-day. Just another day…

There are things of routine in our lives, things that happen often, with regularity, with habitual consistency, at times entirely lacking forethought or intentionality.

We breathe. We eat. We sleep. We talk and walk and work and see and hear and smell and taste.

All of these things are innate, automatic, just the rhythmic pulsing of life through the veins of routine. And then, some days, there is a quickening, a simple moment of clarity. The fuzziness of the mundane chaos focuses to reveal an oft convicting truth: these daily things have become all the things. The cars haven’t stopped shuttling kids, the revolving front door hasn’t stopped whirring, the work hasn’t stopped consuming, the TV hasn’t stopped blaring, the pace of life hasn’t stopped dizzying us. And yet, this wearying merry-go-round of activities can feel like entrapment, like the margins of life have eroded until the basics of living are barely contained between the lines of the hours in the day or the sanity in our hearts.

It has been said that ‘everyone worships something.’ Without a doubt, we can see the opportunities for worship all around us. From celebrity to wealth to success and accomplishment, the slow, enticing leak of cultural pressure can wear down even the most stalwart of characters into believing that what was once simple distraction is now the end-all of importance. So where do we start, if we are to kick the habit of consumption, the habit of pursuing things temporal instead of eternal, the habit of worshiping the daily instead of the divine?

David, a poet, king and skillful musician gives us a great starting point in Psalm 27.
He says in verse 4:

“The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.”

When I read these words, this poetry, this passionate single-mindedness of David’s life and routine, of his everyday, is palpable and contagious. How I, too, often yearn for a cleansing of my busyness, a recategorization of my priorities, a simplification of all the self-imposed complexities of my life. And David hangs on it, “…the one thing…the thing I seek most…” What do we seek most? What do we prioritize and give energy to and worry and stress and plan over? Do we have ‘one thing’ or do we run around after many things, none satisfying, none fulfilling, with a misplaced, but all too real, sense of pressure that it’s these things that are really important? Instead, David explains his single focus, “to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”

And this is where the real hope comes. Not just that being in the presence of the Lord is possible, not just that in church on Sundays I can sometimes feel God, but that all the days of my life I have access to the one who made me, to the true object of my worship, to the perfect one. So if this is the source of hope, the source of life, the one thing we seek, then “delighting in the Lord’s perfections,” moves from the pews and the song books, to the commute and the morning coffee, the desk and the dinner table, the traffic jams and the pop quizzes and the screaming kids. This delighting doesn’t change with our external circumstances, because our God, who is both the source and object of our joy, is unchanging, perfect, eternal.

Keeping our eyes fixed, delighting and meditating on Christ, our centering sanity in a spinning world, gives to His people the peace that ‘transcends understanding’ a peace that is so counter-cultural, is so separate and distinct from the world in which we live, that this daily worship becomes not just an essential to our own survival and spiritual health, but a beacon of hope to those around us who feel caught in the perpetually spinning pace of life.

So today, I want to ask myself, I want us to all ask ourselves a simple, but weighty question: what one thing can we change to move from a worship of the daily to a daily worship of the perfect God?