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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 Himin 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.

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2 thoughts on “Worship The Lord?!

  1. Geniece Chidester on said:

    Thanks for this reminder Doug. We tend to allow all things in life to become routine, but we cannot allow “going to church” to be just another thing on our list of to dos. God deserves so much more from us. Our God is an awesome God all we have to do is look around us at all that He gave us, we are so blessed. I was looking at the moon the other evening and it brought tears to my eyes, God gave us beautiful things that give us pleasure while showing His greatness. It is crazy amazing to think of the love of Jesus’ sacrifice and to know that as almighty as God is He knows each one of us, He hears our every plea. Knowing all this how could we not want to give Him praise and honor?

    • oakesclan on said:

      I agree with you. I also noticed the moon one night last week. I believe it was Thursday night. It had been an unusually warm day for February and coming home late from the office that night the moon seemed to have a special glow that picked up my spirit as it reminded me of the One Who appointed it to rule the night. What you said about worship of God becoming “routine” for us is very true. Being human…and so susceptible to forgetfulness and pre-occupation with urgent things…you give us a good reminder to “snap out of it.” I trust that He sees us as Jesus saw His disciples…that even though our spirits are willing to worship Him as He deserves…our flesh is weak. One of these days the limitations will be gone. In His presence worship will never be routine. It will be true life to us.

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