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Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)
TITLE: Getting To Worship
By Angela Posey-Arnold
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Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, His holy mountain.
(Psalm 48:1-3 NIV)
We can worship God anywhere and anytime. He deserves our praise and worship. I believe it makes Him happy when we worship Him. When we show back to Him how much He is “worth” to us. It seems like sometimes all we hear about is how God is unhappy with us. I think it is equally as important to hear about the things we do that make Him happy. Worship makes Him happy.
I have heard people say that they don’t need to go to church services to worship. Well, that is true in one sense. You can worship anywhere, but worshiping God with others at the House of the Lord is just special. There is nothing else like it. Church services are like a gas station for our souls. Worship fills us, strengthens us and makes God happy at the same time. There is something incredibly special about being in God’s house on God’s day with God’s people. It is practice for heaven.
Worship is action that we take to honor God for all that He is in our life. The more He is worth to us, the more we desire to worship Him. Worship starts in our hearts. It prompts us to actively seek others that are like minded and like hearted.
Last Sunday night at church a like hearted person said to me, “Hello, Sister in Christ”. It made me smile. That one statement reminding me that I am a child of God in the family of God made it worthwhile. It was good to have been in the House of the Lord.
Have you ever heard anyone say, “I have got to go to church”? Or, “I have to go to church”? A better way to put it would be to say, “I get to go to church”.
There is something peaceful about staying home on Saturday night and reading my Sunday school lesson for Sunday morning. I saw both of my Grandmothers doing this and Mother does it. I get it honest.
All this activity because of God’s worth in my life. All of this time and effort is the least I can do for God. Worship is the least I can do for Him. It is hard to describe the worth of God in my life. It is hard to describe the worth of worship. Worship is like one of those, ‘you had to be there’ type things.
There have been times that I could not physically go to worship. Those Sundays made me appreciate the Sundays that I can go. The song based on Scripture, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the House of the Lord”, is always in my heart on Sunday mornings. I love Sundays, especially when I can go to worship.
Worship is simple and does not have to be flashy or loud. You don’t have to be ready for a fashion show every time you go to church. Just go as you are giving of your best to the One Who died for you. The joy of it is in meeting and worshipping with the family of God. It is in the prayers, the songs, and the message. Worship is in the time we give to God.
Dear Lord, You are worthy of our worship. It is a honor to be able to serve You and be the ones who worship You. Thank You for all our churches where we can meet together.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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