Throughout the summer, we have been so enriched by a series of sermons on the Psalms. Ruth Morton brought an invitation from Psalm 133, to be united, and to experience the rich blessings that God has for his people when we dwell together in unity.
Just a few psalms later, David writes of the individual and intimate knowledge that God has of each one of us: "Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether" Psalm 139:4
As I've re-read the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis this summer, I have been struck by this aspect of how people experience Aslan. Each person's relationship with him is profoundly unique. Some see him quickly, others more slowly. Some are delighted to see him, others terrified. He is good news for those who receive him, and fearful for those who reject him. And through it all, Aslan is steadfast, constant. Different windows and perspectives on him don't change who he is. And yet, it's clear that he loves the unique way in which each person comes to love him.
Lucy, the youngest human to meet Aslan, has a simple, profound, and beautiful relationship with Aslan. She sees him before others do, she understands his character and his nature, and she invites and leads others to meet him, time and again. In one example: "She never stopped to think whether he was a friendly lion or not. She rushed to him. She felt her heart would burst if she lost a moment. And the next thing she knew was that she was kissing him and putting her arms as far round his neck as she could and burying her face in the beautiful rich silkiness of his mane." Prince Caspian
As we return to worshipping at The King's Centre through the autumn, let's allow God to speak these two truths once again to our hearts. God has made each one of us, unique, to worship him with a voice that no one else can, with a song that no one else has, with words that no one else knows. And, God has brought us together to worship him, united, placing us together in this city and this church family at this time. Let's together experience the richness of unique relationship, and the blessing God reserves for his united people.