On the wall of a slave’s cell

If you go out of your way to worship God, and if someone asked you WHY you did that, what would you say?

-That it spiritually feeds you? 
-That you like the music? 
-That it helps you pray? 
-That the sense of community is meaningful? 
-That it’s a sense of duty? 
-That God deserves it? 

Let me share another reason that might be new to you.

A young woman from Southeast Asia named Elisabeth was 16 when she was kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery. She was forced to work as a prostitute against her will. I could never imagine the horror of that kind of experience.

Fortunately, International Justice Ministries learned about Elisabeth’s plight and was able to secure her freedom. The workers came in and helped Elisabeth get her belongings from her tiny, wretched cell. That’s when they noticed something she had written on one of the walls in her native language:

“The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear? 
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?”

It was verse 1 from Psalm 27. Despite having no music, no sermon, no cushy seat, and no other people around her, Elisabeth worshiped God faithfully. In so doing, she rooted herself in a strength, hope and wisdom bigger than herself.

As we approach Holy Week, do you worship God? And if so, WHY do you worship God? There are many good reasons. But consider this.

Worshiping God roots you in a strength, hope and wisdom bigger than yourself. 

It was true for Elisabeth. And it’s true for you too.

By Matthew Ruttan

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