By Virginia Stokes
…ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name, bring an offering and come before Him; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. (Chronicles 16:29, NIV)
A few years ago, I took a Bible study on “Living a Life of True Worship”. It’s a small study book with only 6 lessons. To be honest I don’t remember a lot about the lessons but the one thing that did hit me and has stuck with me is that we are togo to church to praise and worship God. While I have thanked God for my blessings, I think if I’m truly honest, my goal in church before was more to be“fed” than to praise God and thank Him for all He has given me.
I grew up in the church and think that somewhere along the way I lost the fact that I should be there to be praising God. Instead I think some, if not most, of the time I was there expecting the pastor to “feed” me the words I felt I needed to become a better Christian. The funny thing is that when I changed my attitude to one of praising and thanking God, I found I was being “fed,” not by the pastor, but by God. Now I try to not go into a service expecting to receive something from a person, but instead go in to praise and thank God for all He’s given me and continues to give me. What has happened is that when I go into the service with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving, I come out having received something from God. It may be through the sermon that seems to have been written just for me, or maybe just a small part of the sermon, or through a song the choir sings, or even just a smile or a hug from someone. I go in to praise and thank God, and I leave feeling uplifted and “fed” by Him.
Prayer: Almighty God, I know I am created with the need to connect with, and worship you. Please forgive me for the times I give anything else the place of honor in my heart that you and you alone deserve. Help me to worship you in spirit and truth, ascribing all glory to you. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.