Preparing for Worship: March 23, 2014
It is important when we gather for worship that we regularly check our expectations at the door. If we don’t, we will become mired down in our own motives and aspirations. Recently, Ken Puls wrote about this very problem on the Founders Ministries blog. He writes:
We are easily dulled, distracted and discouraged. We sing about God’s glory while wondering how long it is until lunchtime. We pray for the preaching of His Word, then step out for a drink of water when the sermon starts. We speak well of God and yet forget that He is with us and is the very reason that we are gathered.
We must remember that worship is not about us; it is about God. We are coming into the presence of our Creator, who made all things, including us, for His own glory. We are coming into the presence of our King, who rules and reigns over us and all things. We are coming into the presence of our Father, who loves us and who gave His own Son to rescue us and bring us near. Christ shed His blood that we might have bold access to the throne of grace. David reminds us in Psalm 16:11 that in God’s presence “there is fullness of joy.” At His right hand there “are pleasures forevermore.” Our expectations, when rightly kindled, should be that worship is a glorious opportunity for us, together as the people of God, to draw near and enjoy the very One who is our joy and life and salvation.
What should concern us in worship is God. Let that be your prayer and mine as we prepare for the Sunday gathering. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
- Thou Lovely Source of True Delight (Indelible Grace)
- Song of Moses
- Show Us Christ
- Sing to Jesus
- Your Great Name