Text: 5 Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. 6 Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
Teach: They heard the Word and they stood. It was an honor to hear the Word. Their response of ‘Amen!’ was their declaration of agreement. They were saying, “Make it so. We want this!” And then they prostrated themselves in fear, reverence, and humility.
Take: My early church memories took place in a mainline church, characterized by order and decorum. During confirmation class we visited other churches to observe their styles of worship. The differences in worship styles surprised me. The people seemed more engaged and demonstrative. I don’t doubt the sincerity of the people I went to church with, but there was a hunger and desire to reach God in those other services that spoke to my heart, even at that young age.
Task: Jesus told his disciples they would be blessed if they hungered and thirsted for God. Do you just nibble at God, taking in bits and pieces, here and there? Or do you crave more? Take time to check your SQ, your satisfaction quotient.