Psalm 116:17, “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving”
Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD’”
Why bother going to church each week? Some would tell us that it’s better to sleep late on Sunday, eat a leisurely breakfast, and lounge around talking with the family. And then maybe have lunch with friends or enjoy a picnic and games with the children. “Make it a day that’s different and even restful,” some would say, “but don’t waste time by going to church on Sunday!”
Worship? Who needs worship anyway? My beloved we all do! We need worship because we are unique creatures made in the image of God. We are made for God, so we can’t fulfill our purpose unless we develop a right relationship with Him. And worship helps us to do that when we focus on the Lord.
As we join with other worshippers in church, our hearts are lifted out of this temporal world into God’s eternal world. According to William Temple, in worship the conscience is quickened by the holiness of God, the mind is fed by the truth of God, the imagination is purged by the beauty of God, the heart is opened to the love of God, and the will is devoted to the purpose of God. And thus, my beloved, we are helped onward in our goal of becoming more like God.
Webster defines worship as (1) to show religious devotion or reverence for; adore or esteem as a deity; (2) to have intense love or admiration for; adore or idolize; (3) to engage in worship, or perform an act of religious devotion; or to offer prayers and attend church services.
What does the word worship mean to you? Worship for any believer whose salvation is in Jesus Christ should be: (1) Sitting at His feet hanging onto His every word; (2) Gazing up into His tender eyes with a long and loving look; (3) Lingering in His presence for the last ray of the sunlight of His love ‘ere we close our eyes in sleep; (4) The heart awakening at the voice of the Beloved and straining to catch every accent; (5) Watching for every opportunity to slip away and commune with the Lover of our souls.
(6) Breathing out praise and thanksgiving unto the glory of His grace as poured into His blessed lips; (7) Reflecting back into our eyes the love light of the Beloved; (8) Skipping to meet the Beloved after hours of separation; (9) Tuning the strings of our heart to sing His praise; (10) Basking in the sunlight of His love, folded in the arms of His protection and loving watch care.
(11) Perking up the ears whenever anyone talks about Him; (12) Seeking kindred spirits to share the joys of the Beloved with; (13) Clinging to every word and letter from the absent Lover, that fills our hearts with longing for Him; (14) Changing us into the image of Christ; (15) Meditating upon the Altogether Lovely One; (16) Drinking in the Living Water that lifts the drooping heart, and (17) Desiring ever and always His will and His way.
My beloved let’s decide now that on Sunday we will be in church with a heart prepared to worship. Always keep in mind how great and holy God is, and how small and sinful we are. Thank Him for His mercy, grace and love. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
What you worship determines what you become.