The first time I heard the expression R & R was during the Vietnam War. I was stationed on the USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), a destroyer, and we deployed to WestPac for SAR (Search and Rescue), plane guard, and naval gunfire support duty as part of the Seventh Fleet. I learned that R & R referred to “Rest and Relaxation,” and that the term alluded to a time of refreshing where fortunate military personnel were allowed to temporarily leave their wartime assignments for a little, what else, rest and relaxation. Of course the expression is very popular now and used for all manner of situations. Well, that is a rather long intro to this blog which describes another type of R & R. I’m referring to Revelation and Response and it is the title of a brief devotional thought by Matt Redman. Matt Redman is a songwriter and worship leader whose latest recording is 10,000 Reasons. He is also the author of numerous books about living a life of worship, including Indescribable and Facedown. The devotional expanded my understanding of the genesis and nature of worship. The following devotional appeared in the December edition of InTouch, the monthly magazine published by In touch Ministries, Atlanta, GA. RMF
Revelation & Response
by Matt Redman
Worship is our response of God. He reveals majesty, and we bow our hearts in reply. He shows us His mercy, and the reflex of our souls is perhaps a joyful song of praise. He reveals glory, and we respond with a life seeking to honor Him — words and deeds lived out as a humble offering before Him.
Worship takes so many different shapes and forms. It might express itself in songs or in silence, and through our thoughts, words, or actions. But the essence of worship is always a rhythm of revelation and response: we breathe in the wonders of God, and then we breathe out His praise.
When worship has run dry, we can be sure the problem is at our end of the pipeline, not God’s. His goodness and greatness reach us every day, and the healthy heart of worship always finds a way to reply. A recent song I sing puts it like this: “For all Your goodness I will keep on singing / Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.” Of course, that number is actually a grand understatement, for there’s an eternity of reasons why Jesus is so utterly worthy of our highest devotion.