Reckless Worship, Trisha Davis

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Today’s “How He Loves” post is from Trisha Davis. As I said on Wednesday, Justin and Trish(a) are two incredible people. They know all about brokenness, restoration, and redemption. Through their ministry at Cross Point Bellevue and Refine Us, they teach others (like me) the power of authenticity, truth, and grace. I am honored to call them friends.

Read about 8 things that destroyed their marriage here.

Read about 8 things that restored their marriage here.

Find their blog here.

And Trisha’s Twitter here.

The older I get the more I realize that everyone has a story. Just writing those words I’m sure you are already thinking of yours. John Mark McMillan’s story of how he came to write “How He Loves” is a reminder of the power of one’s story. The problem with my “story” is that there are too many. If I were to sit down with you over coffee and share my life story I’m certain you would walk away thinking I was viably insane.

The sad reality is that most of my life’s stories really aren’t mine to own. Most of what I have been through has come through other people’s choices or unexplainable tragedy. I have stood on the sidelines witnessing others poor choices and in return deciding to make poor choices of my own.

But in the middle of the mess of my life God has always found me through music. Regardless if I am running or hiding from God, His truth finds me in a song. It has been a pathway into an intimate relationship with him that is often messy and unexpected. And in the end His message to me is always the same…

“He loves us
Oh how he loves us
Oh How he loves”

It’s an undeniable truth that He doesn’t just love me but he loves US. He loves all those involved in my messy broken story. He loves me “in my anger, in my resentment, in my frustration. Despite who we are he wants to be a part of our lives”

“He loves us
Oh how he loves us
Oh How he loves”

Grasping the depth of his love for others and myself has created in me a heart to lead reckless worship. Reckless worship is praising God through times of sadness, brokenness and tragedy when nothing seems to make sense. Reckless worship at its core is coming to grips that it is simply stupid that God would love such a messed-up person like me! Reckless worship screams out….

“So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart burns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way”

“He loves us
Oh how he loves us
Oh How he loves”

I pray today that you would come to know and believe that no matter your story God loves you! He loves you and those in the mess of your story…Recklessly!

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dog Molly, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • http://www.lindseynobles.com Lindsey_Nobles

    Love this Trish! Every time I watch the video of John Mark and crew performing How He Loves, I get chills. It looks like a beautiful glimpse of Heaven. I always think I want to worship like that. Giving my all, recklessly showing my heart.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      "Recklessly showing my heart" I love that. I agree with you about the video there is such joy on the faces of those singing. A true captured moment of people recklessly showing their hearts to an amazing Savior! Thank you for sharing this song with us!

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/tarheel810 tarheel810

    I have really been enjoying this entire series of posts but have to say that this one by far has been the most moving for me. All of us have had times in our lives when we thought that we were unlovable, or that others around us were unlovable, and Trish does a great job of capturing that emotion and then dispelling it. Made me stop and think. Thanks.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      So thankful that God used this to speak into your heart today!

  • http://theperkinsblog.net michael

    I too have been found many times though a song,especially the one you were referring to. I remember the first time I heard it I was driving to work. I had to pull the truck over because I was so overwhelmed with emotion.
    My recent post When Is The Rain Season?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      Michael, I'm pretty sure Lindsey did as well. I wonder how many people have gotten a ticket because of this song! :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/aldrichdesign aldrichdesign

    Lindsey, I appreciated what you shared very much. It reminded me of Oswald Chambers' "Utmost" for June 18:

    "If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is all over for you. Never start to say, “Well, I wonder if He really did speak to me?” Be reckless immediately— totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything— by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintest way imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him. It is only through abandonment of yourself and your circumstances that you will recognize Him. You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness— being willing to risk your all."

    Some days I'm better than others at being recklessly abandoned to Him. Most days it seems I'm just reckless!

    His best to you.

    Dave Aldrich

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      Dave, LOVE that quote. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      Dave, this is beautiful!

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/gritandglory alece

    even though i'm not a musician and i don't sing, i love me some music. and God so often speaks to me through songs. sometimes it's the words. sometimes it's the harmonies. sometimes it's the random instruments you can hear only if you listen closely.

    i love that He always speaks to us in our heart's language… and i smile knowing that yours and mine speak a similar dialect.

    i want to worship Him with reckless abandon, especially in those moments when He feels far and i'm questioning the most…
    My recent post fish and loaves

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      Alece,
      I think the more we get to know you the more we see you live out reckless worship! I love that God moves through songs and we can worship Him with our lips but you have been a great example of worshiping Him recklessly through your obedience. You take risk that I am not sure under the best of circumstances I would take! You inspire me to worship him in the everyday and with everything. Thank you

      • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/gritandglory alece

        i love you!
        My recent post fish and loaves

    • Makeda

      God speaks to me so often in song that I wonder why I didn't get the gift of singing (cuz really you don't want me singing – hehe). Like you Alece, sometimes it's the words, sometimes its the harmonies and sometimes hearing the back story moves me in ways I never expected. I loved this song before hearing the story but hearing the story just makes it so much more powerful.

      • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/gritandglory alece

        i so wish i got the gift of singing… sigh…
        My recent post fish and loaves

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

          i know, me too…but so glad He gave me the gift of "dramatic interpretation" of song ;)

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/taminprogress taminprogress

          um. ive heard you sing. you can sing.
          My recent post 2nd annual fort contest

          • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/gritandglory alece

            i SO can't carry a tune. i promise.
            My recent post fish and loaves

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/chrystiecole chrystiecole

    I love the term "reckless worship"!!! No matter the who, what, where, when, why, or how in my life circumstances…In the midst of uncertainty, trial, sorrow…Those times when I have worshiped Him in spite of how I felt were some of the sweetest most intimate times with Him. Great post, Trisha!
    My recent post Engaging The World

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      Thank you Chrystie!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    God has never not loved us. Sometimes I think we look a little too much at ourselves and at others. God's love is absolute and is not based on anything we do. His desire is that we have life by "cleaving" to Him (Deuteronomy 30:20). Let's abandon our hearts to Him and let everything else fall in place.
    My recent post #47 THE RETURN OF CHRIST: THE PLOT, PART 2

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      So true. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and I'm so thankful He loves me even when I think he doesn't.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/jennyrain JennyRain

    LOVE this… "reckless worship" – as "heaven meets earth in a wet sloppy kiss"

    awesome visual!
    My recent post Trafficking: The Not-So-Subtle Violation of a Person’s Soul

  • georgestull

    Thanks Trish, I see what your talking about it…reckless worship is not always pretty or filled with all the right feelings. Sometimes we worship because we feel like it and just can't help it, but sometimes it’s not a spontaneous response to how good things are. We may just need to worship because it's the only right response or we'd sink further away from what worship is always intended to bring; a full awareness that God is not distant but near!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      George,

      "He gives and takes away, but my heart will choose to say blessed be the name of the Lord" -Matt Redman

      "We may just need to worship because it's the only right response or we'd sink further away from what worship is always intended to bring; a full awareness that God is not distant but near!"

      This is so true! In the midst of our pain there is somehow this sweet surrender to God of the purest form of worship that in our humanness wouldn't otherwise happen. Its a desperate and even sometimes anger filled worship as if to say "God in this moment I'm angry and hurt but I am choosing to say I love you and believe in you.

      For me these times in my life have marked my heart in such a profound way that I am the person I am today because of them. Through the pain I have gained an intimate relationship with the Father and would experience it all over again if it meant having this deep friendship. We love you guys and know that God is and will continue to do great things through you and your family!

  • Makeda

    Trish this was a beautiful post! I love the image of worshiping recklessly. May I get to that place in my heart and my service to Him. Thank you for sharing these words. You have touched my heart today.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      Thank you for your kind words!

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/taminprogress taminprogress

    i love you trish! when i first met you i was taken by how real you are. how open and authentic you are. i thought later how impressive that is after all you have been through. then i thought further, and this post confirms it, that only a person who knows without a doubt who she is and to Whom she belongs, can stand so firmly grounded with hed held high.

    My recent post 2nd annual fort contest

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/trishdavis Trish Davis

      Thank you sweet friend. I guess it takes one to know one :) Thank you for embracing me as the messed-up person I am and speaking life and truth into areas of my life I need it most. Thank you for allowing me to butt call you several times a day! hee… hee… Man am I thankful for twitter, the Wilson's and God for bringing you into my life! Love you Rock Star!

  • http://showamerica.com/ Nina Julie

    Really it has been a pathway into an intimate relationship with him that is often messy and unexpected. Thanks mate.