The past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now. Bill Cosby
Time is an odd companion. It is always with us. We cannot imagine life without time.
Time is what keeps everything from happening at once. Ray Cummings
And yet our hearts recoil in the face of the effects of time: fading memories, lost moments, aging bodies … We don’t want time to end for us (what would that even mean?) and yet when we peer into the infinite we are dizzied by the thought of living forever.
Eternity is really long, especially near the end.
Scientists and philosophers struggle to even define time. Einstein informed us that time is relative. Philosophers argue over the A-theory and B-theory of time. Is the future a settled fact or is it open to change? Is the past a reality or is it truly gone?
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
So what does this have to do with Worship? Simply this: you have no other time than the present to worship God. You can’t worship God yesterday. (You may have worshiped God yesterday, but you can’t live yesterday at this moment.) You can’t, at this moment, worship God tomorrow. You can only choose to worship God right now…and now…and now. There is no other time to dedicate to God. Only now. And that now is gone and we are on another.
Don’t wait. Take this moment and dedicate it to God, because, well…its already gone.
by Jerry Wyrick, President of Worship Arts Conservatory
Worship Director at Crosspointe Church.