Tonight I’m writing you about a very important topic: WORSHIP. What goes into worship? Probably the most important part is adequately preparing our hearts and minds to worship. Practically, how do we do that?
First: I believe you need to arrive early. When our service begins at 10:30 a.m., I believe you need to be on campus by 10:15 a.m. This gives you a moment or two to get a cup of coffee (which you can bring into the worship center if you’d like). It also gives you adequate time to greet people. But the most important element is becoming still and praying.
Second: I believe you need to use the last 5 minutes before the service begins to pray for your own heart. Set aside your worries and other anxieties and ask the Lord to speak to you today.
Third: I believe whether you sing or not, you need to read and reflect upon the words of the songs. They can minister to you in ways the spoken word cannot.
Fourth: bring your Bible (or your tablet, your i-phone, or whatever device you prefer). I think it is good to take notes so that you can reflect at a later time.
Fifth: stay after the service for some much needed fellowship. Part of the joy of worship is extending a warm greeting to others.
It’s my belief that those five elements factor into making not only a good worship experience for yourself, but also enhance the worship of others. Then think about this: when we worship together, we are actually an encouragement to others (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the House of the Lord.'”
Have a great rest of the week and I’ll see each of you on Sunday!