Humanity has a trust problem, and we’re ending it with Tenderness.

If you missed last week, we wrapped up our series on TRUST. 

The final T stands for tenderness.  In summary, tenderness in worship is key to touching the heart of God.  

What are the feelings and images that arise when the names of people whom we spend time with are mentioned? What are the feelings and images that arise when we hear God’s name? Are they optimistic, joyful thoughts that evince a tender, worshipful attitude toward God? What is our heart attitude towards the things of God?

James 4:8 says “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.  Wash your hands,  you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”  If establishing trust between two beings requires time, relationship, unity of vision, and support, then it makes sense that tenderness is the attitude we hold toward our loved ones–especially God. But is that always the attitude behind our relationships? A pure heart requires a tenderness {a sensitivity} towards the things of God, which causes us to draw near to God’s heart.  

Psalm 27 correlates with Psalm 91, our chapter of focus, by reflecting on such deep trust in God that even if everyone we love turns their back on us, we can stand bravely and courageously confident in the Lord’s goodness.  This confidence and trust  in God’s goodness is cultivated  from relationship that is established out of love.  To love God is to worship Him, to lower ourselves  in order to elevate God’s name and who He is.  Since it is worship that draws us into God’s presence, what then is our focus that brings us into a worshipful attitude?  In the effort and energy spent worshiping God, what is our drive? Our purpose? Is it done out of obligation? Or is it born of a desire and an excitement to further relationship–an approach of longing and tenderness? 

How much I value my relationship with God correlates with how much time I spend worshiping  Him, and the clincher being… you guessed it–whether my attitude is one of obligation or tenderness. 

A Psalm 27 kind of trust, true trust, is knowing in my heart of hearts to the end, that no matter what, God carries me.  Trust is entirely vital to knowing and seeing God’s plan for my life, and a tenderness of relationship that pursues God enables the doors to open up to see and join into God’s vision.  

A thought pattern of “who YOU are, God, replacing who I am” leads to the tenderness we need to truly trust God.  

-MP

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