PRIVATE WORSHIP FUELS PUBLIC WORSHIP
It’s Sunday morning, you’re tired, you’ve had a crazy week, and honestly, it’s a miracle that you made it to church in the first place. The worship team and choir gets up and sings some songs while you stand and mumble along to the words while you think about all that you have to do the rest of the day and week.
If we’re honest, we have all been there.
Our worship can become routine like and before we know it we have become numb to it. In 1 Chronicles chapter 16 the Bible says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” In Hebrews chapter 12 it says, "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that
“WORSHIP IS . . . RESPONDING TO GOD.”
cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
Worship in the Bible is anything but boring and routine! Worship is focusing on and responding to God. It's a moment where our spirit connects with God and we focus on
the greatness and the glory of Him. A pastor once described worship like this: Worship is thanking God for who He is. Jesus warns of people worshipping God in vain.
In Matthew chapter 15 Jesus says, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” God desires genuine worship from us! So why does it feel hard to do that sometimes? Our public worship will suffer if our private worship isn’t happening. We can’t show up on Sunday without spending time with God throughout the week and expect to connect with God the way we would if we would have spent time with Him prior to the service. Jesus says in the book of Matthew, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” In the book of Psalms it says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
God desires for you to have a time of worship through prayer and reading His Word. When we worship God by spending time with Him in private, it overflows into our public worship. Spend time with the Lord today and just thank Him for who He is!
and College Pastor
THINGS TO WORSHIP GOD FOR IN MY LIFE:
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PRAYER GUIDE FOR TODAY:
Pray for Pastor Joel and Sherry.
Pray for the staff.
Pray that God would continue to bless our church.
Pray that God would remove any distractions that would prevent a time of private worship with Him.