As I think about and prepare for worship tomorrow on the Lord’s Day it is a blessing. I’m going to worship God. To give Him something. I’m going to sing for Him. Will I like the songs? What if we sing that really slow one? Or the one that’s too contemporary? Or what if..whatever…? See, I don’t normally think about those questions before hand. If I think about them at all I think about them afterward. Did we sing my favorite hymn? When are we going to bring back that one song? Why did we stand so much? Why did we sit so long? How can I worship God under these conditions? I’m going to church to worship God and give Him myself. I should be in the right mood and “feel” moved to properly worship!
However, what is really going on? Who is benefiting from worship me or God? To keep my sinful self in check I go to God’s word. I pray to be ready to worship. To be fed. To love my brethren and lift them up. I still need a reminder of Who God is as I prepare for worship. I need to be ready ahead of time to stave off those sinful thoughts.
Acts 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. (ESV)
I read that again and meditate for a moment. Then, I think…I get to worship this God? A God who doesn’t need me, receives me and my worship anyways? He lets me come and feed on Him and love Him? I, a nothing, gets to worship God, the Alpha and Omega, directly through Jesus Christ. So humbling and wonderful! I look to Scripture again and am reminded of how I should approach God in worship.
Hebrews 12:28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire. (ESV)
Yes, the very thought of standing before God should cause reverence and awe within me. I will be there tomorrow to worship God which is a grace in itself. Let me forget about the worldly bickering of my “preferences” and such. I will be the one benefiting as I leave corporate worship tomorrow. God will not be thanking me. I will be thanking Him.
So I go tomorrow and worship with God’s people unto His glory.
For His glory,