Worship is intentional. We need to be intentional about how and when we come together as the body of Christ.
18 Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. If we want to experience the Lord on an ever-higher level, we seek advice. When we come to worship, we “wage war” on our flesh and the spirits of this world; we need guidance from the Holy Spirit and from our leaders.
Yesterday, we talked about God calling us together as His Body, the Church, and about why we need each other. Today, we are going to talk about our personal and corporate responsibility.
26 …Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 1 Corinthians 14:26b
33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.
A worship service is designed for just that: Worship. It’s the time when the body of Christ comes together to exalt the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to edify each other through psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, through prayer, through the reading of the Scriptures, and through exhortation; we examine ourselves even as we agree upon all that the Lord has done and has promised us in His Word; we minister to each other as the Lord ministers to us; we minister to Him as He binds our hearts together in unity. It’s reciprocal.
We have for so long had the mistaken idea that the music is the worship part of a service. WRONG. Worship begins when God beckons us to come and we come. So, as soon as we make the decision to attend church that morning, afternoon, or evening, we begin to worship Him through obedience and dedication. We continue that worship as we travel to the place of worship; we worship as we go in and greet people and get ready for the service to begin. Our worship continues throughout the entire service. When we leave, we should be able to affirmatively answer this question:
Was God exalted in my life and by my efforts today?
There is one more thing. In high school band, we had a rule that if a person was on time, then he was late. The same should go for worship services. As a worship leader, I need you there a few minutes early to greet the people around you and to mentally prepare for the service. I need you there early in order for you to be available for any last-minute needs that arise. I need you there early to pray for me, for my pastor, for the service, for those around you, and for those who will be attending who don’t know Jesus. I will be asking the Holy Spirit to “inspire” you to be early from now on.
Let’s be intentional about our worship of our Creator, Redeemer, Lord and King. “Blessed are You, El Shaddai, King of the Universe; You bless us with the opportunity to meet together as Your family.”
Abba, I thank You for the distinct honor and privilege it is to lead in worship and praise each week. May You expand our minds as You expand our definition of worship. May we learn new ways to honor You, to exalt You, to lift You up, and to make Your name great. We love You; may we worship You in Spirit and in truth, Your truth. Amen.