Twinkle, Twinkle, little…Supernova? Thoughts on worship and perspective

I have a five year old daughter, which means I’m bound to look at all young men suspiciously for the rest of my life. It also means that I’m usually covered in glitter. My nemesis. I have no idea where the stuff comes from. But I’ve got this thought about glitter, which is this: Glitter is like sin. Easy to apply to your body, but VERY difficult to remove.

Having a five year old daughter also means there are a handful of songs that we sing together on repeat. Obviously, there’s the song “who shall not be named.” For those of you without young daughters, I’m referring to the main song from a movie that rhymes with “Frozen.” You’ll get yours, Disney. You’ll get yours.

But there are loads of great songs we sing as well. One such song is, “Twinkle, Twinkle, little star.” This, in addition to “Jesus loves me,” “Somewhere over the rainbow,” and “Somewhere out there” are on the list of our most frequently sung bedtime lullabies. One night as we were singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, little star” this thought occured to me.

In the span of the whole universe, our sun is only an average sized star. It’s 93 million miles away, burns at 27 million degrees Farenheit and can fit 1.3 million Earth’s inside it.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star?

Perspective is everything. You wouldn’t sing “Twinkle” while standing in front of a supernova. It’s the same with our worship. Our distance to the object of our worship determines our perspective, which dictates our response.

I’ve often wondered how we can sing the songs we sing on Sunday mornings, without being wholly moved to our core in worship. Unfortunately, I’m guilty of this most days, not just Sundays. I stand there, sipping my coffee, critiquing “the experience,” wondering what I’m going to eat for lunch. I’m realizing that there’s a fundamental disconnect between my perspective and reality. There’s too much distance between me and the One I worship.

This is one of the great mysteries of our faith, that:

“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in” Isaiah 40:22

And yet, He still wants intimate relationship with us. This is the reality we live in that, if seen in the right perspective, should change everything:

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” — Ephesians 2:1

I’m learning….albeit very slowly, that the closer I become with the Lord through times of prayer, reading the Bible asking for revelation, and worship, that my perspective changes — the sun closes in. The songs I sing begin to come alive — stirring my heart to worship appropriately. Not “twinkle, twinkle, little star,” but rather,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

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