I Worship


iworship"Faith is the heroic effort of your life. You fling yourself in reckless confidence on God. God has ventured all in Jesus Christ to save us. Now he wants us to venture our all in a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering....Again and  again, you will get up to what Jesus Christ wants, and every time, you turn back when it comes to that point until you abandon resolutely....Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold by common sense--and leap into what He says....Christ demands of the man who trust Him the same reckless spirit....that is daring enough to step out of the crowd and bank his faith on the character of God." - Oswald Chambers

I Worship

I dance a simple step
of devotion
The celebration fresh
as morning dew

I waltz with a
world creator and
lend my voice to
the refrain of heaven

The painter of songs
echoes deep in
my soul chambers

There, from the twilight
of transformation

I worship

Jay Cookingham © July 2, 2003

I am a tired but proud father tonight; I am writing on fumes so I hope this post makes sense. After a round-trip of over 1400 miles (and 24 hrs on the road) my son Josh is at Huntington University in Indiana, it was quite a trip…in fact, 21 years in the making.

Huntington is a unique Christian School for it allows nonbelievers to attend there, even though it unashamedly promotes Christ as the only way. I find this fascinating since Josh has a gift for making friends and standing up for the truth of the Gospel…this part of his journey should be a daring adventure for sure. The adventure for his parents is letting go and trusting Father God in ways we never dreamed of. For me the process of letting go starts (and ends) with worship.

Faith is a huge part of worship in my estimation…trust, confidence, assurance…yep, they’re all in there. Worship is a wonderful expression of relational power…inviting us deeper into His presence to connect us with Himself. There is no one like our God and no greater adventure than pursuing that relationship.

We sang this powerful song at a dedication ceremony for the incoming students at Huntington and it’s a declaration of faith in our God. It’s a releasing type of song for me as well.

Enjoy the adventure, Jay

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S. Etole said…
I first heard this song on Jeff's site ... it's such a good one. And your poem is terrific.
Jay Cookingham said…
Thank you, that is a high compliment coming from a great poet like yourself!
Jennifer@GDWJ said…
I love that song, Jay. Heard it again today, through the cranked-up speakers of my mini-van. :-)
Jay Cookingham said…
It'll be playing loud today at work for me!
jasonS said…
Love how you acknowledge that this trip was 21 years in the making. It's so humbling to see how the trials and triumphs, the struggles and joys, all weave together to make one fantastic adventure when we place our hope in Him. Glad everything went well and love the poem as well. Blessings Jay!
Jay Cookingham said…
Jason...it was (and still is) quite an adventure! Bless ya Bro'
Herb Halstead said…
I like how you used "relational" with worship. God gave me definition of worship that helps me - true worship comes when we realize how great God is and how little we are - yet He loves us. Think of John at Patmos and Isaiah in the temple.
Dusty Rayburn said…
We serve an awesome God. Every breath we breathe is reason to worship Him.

Thank you for sharing this moment of worship! Love the poem.
Jay Cookingham said…
Dusty, that's so true...He is truly awesome! Thanks bro'
Jay Cookingham said…
Herb, love your definition for worship, its a good one.
Llusito said…
Never heard of Huntington, but what an amazing place to allow both believers and non-believers attend. It reminds me of an article I just read about how the church in Berlin is reclaiming the arts for Christ and invites non-believers to display their art work and meet with them. I can send you a copy if you like. It is in the current issue of Aliiance Life.
Jay Cookingham said…
I'm confident that Josh will be challenged like never before at Huntington. I would love to read that article, maybe it's online? Bless ya!

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