Worship The Lord?!
Let me ask you a question…If there were no command to worship God, would you? Would you take the time to assemble with others and praise God? Isn’t it true that sometimes worship seems dull to us or even a drudgery? I know that sometimes the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I know there are hard-working men and women, weary mothers and fathers, who, because of exhaustion, may find it difficult to keep their eyes open in an assembly from time to time. I am not talking about that. I am talking about us who forget in Whose honor we assemble and why.
One of the noteworthy aspects of men and women of faith down the ages is their capacity for worshipping God. They knew something about God…and what they knew drew them to worship. They had to worship Him, often with their faces to the ground.
A friend of mine who viewed the Grand Canyon for the first time could not prevent her tears from flowing. The majesty of that part of creation overwhelmed her. She was filled with admiration. It had to find its way out of her in some manner. My son felt similarly when he saw the snow-packed mountains of Colorado for the first time. I felt that way when I saw the wonder of child-birth and held my firstborn for the first time. Maybe all of these experiences were old-hat to other people. But for the people I’ve mentioned, they were brand new and awe-inspiring. That element is present in spiritual worship…the eternal “newness” of our God. You have been awed at a piece of music…staggered by the beauty of another…or hushed into silence at a sculpture or painting. You have been amazed at an author’s ability to bring you right into the story you are reading and feel as though it is your story being told.
Our God is a great and awesome God. He is worthy to be praised. In fact, if we see Him at all…through the Scripture and in creation…we cannot not praise Him. We must praise Him. Dear ones, because of Who He is and what He has done and is doing for us, “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water,” (Hebrews 10:22) and let us worship Him “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24b). Don’t be distracted by minor details like who is leading the songs or presenting a Bible lesson. Remember why we come to worship…why we must come to worship. Don’t forget Who is in the assembly with us. Fight against the familiarity which breeds contempt. Look with the eyes of faith and be awed into reverence for the Great God with Whom we have to do.