One of my favorite aspects of my time here in Belize during DTS so far is that there is a huge emphasis on worship. There are so many musicians, painters, dancers, and others who have such a heart to worship God and are able to express their praise to God through a number of different artistic mediums. I have noticed that everyone here has such a passion to search after God, and it makes my heart happy.
One of our earlier speakers, Jim Ramos, spent his first day teaching us about worship, he was saying in a literal translation of the original imagery of what it meant to truly worship, Jim described that in essence, how a dog wants to lick crumbs off its master’s hand is the same attitude in which we should be in when entering into worship, desperate for anything that God can give us.
It’s not about what we can give God, because there’s nothing we can give Him to make Him more complete, but I am learning that more and more that worship should be our pursuit of His presence and His touch in our lives. The great thing is that, since we have such a loving God, He honors our pursuit and pours His love out on us. God is quite awesome!
As a group, we spend time every weekday worshiping God through music, prayer, or other methods. Being here in this atmosphere has been a wonderful experience for me of freedom in worship. For example, though I would not usually consider myself a visual artist, well never really if I am being honest, but earlier this week I found myself sitting down with paints and brushes settling myself in Gods presence and putting an image down on paper that He had placed on my mind. Others here have found new ways to express themselves to God as well, and it’s very beautiful to see everybody connected in our pursuit for God.
Nick Classen – Leadership DTS January 2013