Tomorrow many of us will enter a building to “go to church.” But what will we do there? The psalter asserts that our primary task will be to worship: O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! (v. 6)
In my growing-up years, we Baptists were known for many good
activities, but worship wasn’t one of them. Even the Six Point Record
System we used as an aid for spiritual formation spoke of “attending
preaching” rather than attending worship. A lifetime of preaching,
then teaching about it, convinces me that it is powerful and sorely
needed. But its power is puny compared to the power of worship.
Worship is when we kneel before the LORD, our Maker, when we step down from our pedestals and remember Who was here first and Who will be here last.
Worship is when we remember that this planet, the depths of the earth, and the heights of the mountains didn’t just happen (v. 4). God formed all of it for us to enjoy and care for (v. 5).
Worship is when we make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation (v. 1), an audible complement to the silent praise being sung non-stop by the stars above us and the dirt beneath us.
Worship is when we relax, knowing that the strutting of potentates and presidents is but a clown show compared to the grandeur of God, the great King above all (v. 3).
Worship is when the miracle of being among God’s people as a
creature of God’s unfailing care washes over you like a desperately
needed, but unexpected, shower.
When we “go to church” tomorrow, may we encounter the power
What are some ways to train yourself to worship more effectively?
God, help me worship now, on earth, that I might not be such a novice in heaven. Amen.