Whether we realize it or not, every time we worship, we are entering into the presence of God. For the Old Testament church, this was completely unheard of. Only the high priest could think about such a possibility, and even then he would likely be killed for impurity or irreverence. The fact that Jesus paved the way for us to daily come before Yahweh should be the greatest source of joy in our lives! Too often we go about worship with our hands in our pockets, mumbling or not singing at all, with one foot already out the door on our way to lunch. In fact, if we were the Old Testament church, we probably would have died long ago. I know I would have. But we are alive because we have been given grace and mercy. We are alive because while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
Worship is a privilege. It’s the opportunity to feel the hand of God and lift your voice unto the King of your heart. It’s the cumulation of everything from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. It’s setting your mind, heart, and soul on the Lord and focusing the fullness of your being on Him. Worship shouldn’t be boring or monotone or singing out loud while internally thinking about the tragedy that is Chick-Fil-A’s non-existent working hours on Sunday. It’s impossible to understand what worship is and exactly Who we are praising without feeling joy because such is the natural reaction of a heart turned fully to the Kingdom.
This is the hard truth that I have only recently come to know: worship without joy isn’t worship of God . . . It’s worship of self.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4 ESV)
…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 ESV)
Today in Prayer
Corporate Worship: Hebrews 10:24-25
- Pray that you would be an example and offering of love to your church family.
- Pray that you would recognize the power in coming together corporately for worship.
- Pray that you would do your part to prepare for corporate worship.
- Pray that God would be honored through Crossroads corporate worship.