Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on July 21, 2013 · Posted in Worship

Worship is not about how you feel

Worship is about God, the unique ruler of heaven and earth. Biblical worship is a response to greatness. When confronted with the living God, Isaiah’s response is one of being undone, of being afraid. John says in Revelation that when he saw the living Christ he fell at his feet like a dead man. These men weren’t concerned about how they felt. They were blown away by the person of God!

Yes, it is good to sing, to rejoice, to pray, to feast on the word of the Spirit. But these good activities must first be a response to the greatness of God. Feelings come later.

Don’t evaluate your worship on whether or not you feel like worshiping. There are few things that are more arrogant.  The character of God demands worship as it did for Isaiah and John. Remember your next breath will not come unless he wills it!

Worship is a response to greatness. Stand in awe. Stand in humility. Stand in love. Stand in worship. He is God and there is none other.

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

Revelation 1:17&18

 

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.