The Worshipping Heart
A banner verse in this our so-called 'faith and fitness' industry is Psalm 139:14, "I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." I thought of this recently while I happened across a popular social media account using the verse to sell a t-shirt. The caption said something about how we can be sure of ourselves, show off our work and be proud. But let's look at the verse for a second.
"I will praise you." In other words, the outflow, the attention, the adoration, the praise is appropriately leaving the Psalmist. Nowhere in that verse is there any sense of a longing for attention from the writer.
"Fearfully and wonderfully." Adverbs that divinely and miraculously qualify the verb, made.
Made. Created, done, finished, completed, approved.
Fearfully and wonderfully made. In other words, completely dependent upon; nothing until made something. The created (that's us) totally releasing all honor and glory to the Creator (God) for the most basic of reasons: being nothing without Him.
A.W. Tozer says, "The worshipping heart does not create its Object." Guys, the fact that we're fearfully and wonderfully made says something profound about us, but not nearly as profound as what it says about God.
You and I aren't "creating" when we train. We're not making, or building, and we're most certainly not improving God's work. But every move, every step, every rep, set, pose and stretch is a glorious unfolding and an instantaneous, miraculous unveiling.
Just...not of us.
For Discussion: The worshipping heart does not create its Object. What makes our workouts worship is not the effort or the byproducts, but the target of our affection. Is my workout worship? Is yours?