Sharing the Experience

sunsetNot long ago, there was a spectacular sunset in our area. The vivid pinks, oranges, and blues splashing over the rolling Missouri hills were breathtaking. When I saw those rich colors in the sky, my very first inclination was to share the scene with someone else. I wanted to get another person to see this amazing sight.

Over the years, at sporting events, I’ve watched lots of tremendous plays. Whether baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball – whatever – some sort of outstanding accomplishment is always exciting. Most of the time, I have turned to someone sitting near me and quipped in amazement, “Did you see that?!”

If we happen across a new revelation from Scripture or some piece of knowledge from science or another realm of learning that we had never before recognized, what do we do with that information? We keep it a secret, right? No! We want to share it with others.

It seems to me that God has put something inherent within us that causes us to want to share spectacular things with other people. We want others – friends, family, even strangers – to experience what we’ve experienced, to know what we know.

That’s why David, in the Old Testament, said, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Psalm 34:3)

David had experienced and known something of God that he wanted others to experience, also. In essence, David is saying, “Come on, you guys, let’s worship God together. He’s amazing!”

When we have tasted the greatness and the love of the Lord, we want others to know and experience it, too. That’s one of the reasons why worshiping together as the people of God is essential.

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