Born to Worship 4
Do you ever ask yourself, "What's the purpose of going to church, anyway?" Have we grown bored because the competition is too great or because our focus is wrong?
The book of Acts is the exciting history of the Early Church. While we don't have the entire order of service that was used in Paul's day. we do know some of the ingredients that went into worship. Borrowing from the synagogue worship, there were readings from the law and writings. And following the reading of Scripture, someone expounded on what was written, helping them to understand how to apply these truths to their lives. Then as letters to the churches were circulated, these, too, were read. They prayed, and they also sang the psalms put to music. So how do you worship when you may be in a church that is somewhat less than exciting?
Worship involves focus. Worship looks to Him who gave His life for you. Worship is not a performance, neither is it a party. It's an encounter. Keeping your focus on God is the beginning of true worship.
True worship involves posture. Worship is more than kneeling, or lifting your hands before the Lord, though both are biblical; it also involves lifting your heart in praise, your voice in song and bowing in humility.
Worship involves your attitude. Your pastor may not be the greatest expositor, though he may be doing his best. But he's not the one you have come to see and bow before. Remember, you worship the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the Great I AM of Scripture.
Let's return to the simplicity of worshiping in the beauty of holiness, with neither program nor pageantry.
Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. PSALM 96:9 NKJV