Monday Morning Grace: Fire of Glory

“Honor the Lord for the glory of His name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.” -Psalm 29:2

This weekend I had the opportunity to go home for a seminar taught by Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins titled, Speaking to Teenagers.After the seminar on Saturday night, one of the girls from the youth group I interned for this summer, Valerie, was celebrating her sixteenth birthday with a party at her house.

Knowing there would be a large gathering of students from the youth group at Valerie’s house, I made it a priority to be there and catch up with how students are doing now that school is back in session. Although my internship concluded at the close of this summer, I believe that it is essential to my position in ministry to continue to invest in students even while I am away at Baylor. There is so much temptation that comes with being in school, and if students have older mentors praying for them, encouraging them, and holding them accountable – they are far more equipped to fight in the daily battle against their flesh and the enemy.

Though I looked forward to an enjoyable evening celebrating Valerie’s birthday with the youth, I did not anticipate the greater plans that God had for His glory.

“Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens! May Your glory shine over all the earth.” –Psalm 57:5

For those of us who have turned sixteen, we recognize what a milestone that birthday is for us – girls especially. There are so many hopes and dreams that we believe will be reached when we celebrate our sixteenth birthday, and we put so much time and effort into planning the perfect birthday bash.

Though Saturday night should have been a night centered on Valerie, due to the surrendered hearts of those present, and Valerie herself, it became a night centered on the glory of the Lord.

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your Name goes all the glory for Your unfailing love and faithfulness.” –Psalm 115:1

This summer the youth group I interned for experienced a powerful and endless outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Instead of the typical ‘camp high’ that students experience at the start of the summer that tends to dwindle over the course of the next few months, the ‘camp high’ that these students experienced at their beach retreat the first week of June was just the start of a growing fire of faith that God ignited within each individual student and the youth group as a whole that continues to burn brighter with each day.

One result of the powerful transformation that took place in the lives of these students was a weekly student-led event called The Gathering. The Gathering provided a safe place for students to gather with brothers and sisters in Christ and share how the Lord is working in their life since camp, and how they are in need of prayer. Each Friday night looked different this summer, but each Friday night the purpose remained the same: to gather together to glorify the Lord.

“Give to the Lord the glory He deserves! Bring your offering and come into His courts.” Psalm 96:8

Since the start of the new school year, the students have had to meet on Saturdays due to Friday night high school football games. Because Valerie was having her big birthday party Saturday night, instead of cancelling The Gathering, they had The Gathering duringValerie’s birthday party!

Do you grasp the beautiful surrender and humility of this? There I was, enjoying red velvet cake while laughing with teenagers around a campfire, and a high school senior, Cameron, pulls out his guitar and starts to play Mighty to Save.

“Yes, they will sing about the Lord’s ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great.” –Psalm 138:5

Sitting in their lawn chairs in the backyard of Valerie’s house, these teenagers began to come before the Lord in genuine worship and adoration. After just one song, some students pointed out that they had seen lightening in the sky – a warning that perhaps we should all go inside. At that moment, a high school senior, Logan, proclaimed that God speaks through the thunder and that He was pleased with our worship – so worship on.

Cameron then led the group in singing From the Inside Out. Then Valerie opened up the floor for prayer requests. These teenagers began to open up about their struggles in a vulnerability welcomed by love and acceptance that can only be found in Jesus Christ. From grades, to worries, to witnessing, to doubt, these students were encouraged and prayed over in this holy time. After an hour or so had passed, Cameron closed the time with worship and prayer singing Hosanna.

“Everything He does reveals His glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails.” –Psalm 111:3

I share this story with you to allow you to become a part of what I experienced Saturday night. Both students, and myself, were convicted that we need not worry, for God is in control – and even more, because of His Sovereignty, He deserves all of our attention, and all glory.

As you get ready to face the week, what is your prevailing purpose in each moment? What are the things that are diverting your attention from the King of Kings? We were made to glorify God. May we give Him the glory He so richly deserves today and however many days He decides to bless us with the privilege of praising Him.

“With all my heart I will praise You, O Lord my God. I will give glory to Your Name forever.” –Psalm 86:12

I pray that the Lord continues to speak to you and enrich this truth with you throughout today – and that you will be sensitive to listen.

“Father, thank You for the mighty work You are doing in this generation. Thank You for reminding me of Your holiness and Your power this weekend. God, You alone deserve all glory and honor and praise. I pray that You will continue to strengthen the students involved with The Gathering, and that You will strengthen those who heard about it this morning. You demand my undivided attention, and I desire to give it to You. Please help me to surrender all that can distract me to You today. May You grant me Your gift of humility so that with every breath I take, I will worship You, my Redeemer and my King. Thank You for not just listening to my prayers, but answering them. I love You Father, thank You for loving me.”

– Meghan


2 Responses

  1. What strikes me even more is that this is SO rare in this generation of teens and 20s. This semester, I have 20 students, only 2 of which even acknowledge Christ’s existence. Heartbreaking truth, but your experience is encouraging, especially for Christian parents who pray for other believers in this generation. Thanks for being a part of holding this generation accountable: for praying for them and being part of their lives.

  2. Meg keep speaking! People listen! Keep listening God speaks! Keep fighting! He is worth it! He is enough and more! I love you and thank you for being an obedient sister to our father! I pray that your heart is being challenged and that the Lord is filling it with confidence to pursue unknown things!

    May we hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is Faithful! Hebrews 10:23

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