Enjoying the Journey
Some things must be done every day to sustain life. This is as true in the spiritual realm as it is in the physical. The Christian life cannot be lived on Sunday alone any more than the body could feed or rest only one day a week. It must be daily.
Over the next few weeks I plan to share a series of articles on the daily disciplines of the Christian life. (Read the introductory post here.) I begin this new series of posts with one of the daily truths that God has deeply impressed on me in recent days – the necessity of Daily Worship.
Worship is a most misunderstood thing in our world. Perhaps it has always been. Man defines such words far different from divine definitions. In our society worship has become something that is done during a designated hour each week. It is a public matter. A group sport.
I am grateful for the opportunity that God’s people have to gather together. In Scripture there is evidence of corporate worship. Yet we must always remember that worship is not for spectators. Worship is the individual heart attitude toward God! It is the awe of a single soul at the glory of God. It is the giving of praise and honor to the only One who is worthy of it. Corporate worship is only accomplished when many people are each giving true, individual worship to God.
Now for a shocker: I don’t go to church meetings primarily to worship. I go to be exhorted and to exhort others (Hebrews 10:25).
A man once said to me, “I don’t go to church. I like to worship God out in the woods and in the mountains.” While I imagine that his idea of worship and mine are different, I responded, “Me too! I love to worship God walking through the woods. I don’t go to church for that reason either.” (The man needed to attend church as much as we all do. The reality is that most people don’t even know why they go to church.)
It is wonderful when worship takes place while we are assembled together, but the reality is that worship can take place anywhere! Believers cannot exhort one another when they are alone, but worship can be offered when no one else is around. In fact, that is the most wonderful place to worship! You and the Lord alone.
I would like to suggest to you that God wants daily worship. He deserves daily worship. And daily worship is the most wonderful privilege of the Christian life!
Psalm 95: 6-7 declares, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice…”
God always intended worship to be a daily practice. Worship today.
No longer do we have to make a journey to a specified location. It is not the location of your body but the preparation of your heart that is essential (John 4:20-24). No priest must be present – our Great High Priest is ever present! You may come into His presence where you are.
You do not rush in to worship, and once there you will not want to rush out. It takes time to prepare your soul and to center your thoughts on God alone. But when you enter His presence there is no joy in this world like it!
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple” (Ps. 27:4).
The last book of the Bible leaves us with this powerful admonition: “Worship God” (Rev. 22:9). We will worship Him continually throughout eternity. Wouldn’t it be good if we were in that practice now every day?
Daily Challenge: For the next week set aside some time each day for personal, private worship. Make it a daily matter…and start today.
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