« I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him. From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him. » (Psalm 22:22-25)
The power and glory of collective worship depends less on the songs chosen, the quality of sound, and the talents of the worship team than on the lifestyle of each worshiper. Your worshipful heart is cultivated in your home from Monday to Saturday, and therefore influences the atmosphere at Sunday worship. You are part of the team if you are on the stage, on the platform, on the sound system… or in the congregation! That’s why the heart of David, an exemplary worshiper as seen above, serves as our inspiration.
Note David’s attitude: his determination, his consecration, his pursuit of brotherhood. He makes a decision and, in the Psalm, he expresses that decision with conviction. We hear resolution in his words. He doesn’t just play his little harp all by himself in a corner; he wants to experience the glory of God among his brothers. He has a heart devoted to God and to HIS vision of seeing generations united in praise, referring to offspring! His words reflect his desire to see God’s people reach a higher level of worship, together. He knows that when the glory of God is manifested in the congregation, the face of God is revealed … and prayers are answered!
The moment we rest on our laurels and become satisfied with our previous experiences without aspiring to more, we begin to stagnate, even to backslide. This is true individually and collectively. If we are to prepare OUR home for God, it begins with a new commitment to worship Him, offering Him our hearts, our bodies, our gratitude, our admiration, our reverence, and our appreciation. May nothing slow us down, discourage us, distract us, or prevent us in this pursuit. God’s will among us will be triggered when his people become an authentic worshiping people in spirit and in truth.
ACTION POINT: Determine today what time of day you will set aside to worship God in your home on a daily basis. Discipline will produce desire… and your desire will then become a delight!
PRAYER TARGET: Ask God to awaken in you faith and authority to reject all distractions that prevent you from offering God generous, pure, authentic worship. Never be content with less.