“Hands On” Worship

It’s a serious mistake to expect that worship will just happen. True, there is a spontaneous factor in worship. The thrilled soul just reaches out in praise, gratitude and love. This is wonderful but it doesn’t maximize the worship experience. In Romans 12:1, we learn that it is our “reasonable service” to present our bodies a living sacrifice based on gratitude for the mercies of God. This reasonable service has been rendered “intelligent worship” in another version. What is intelligent worship? It’s worship that we engage in with sanctified minds. First, there is preparation. We do all we can before Sunday to be ready for Sunday. We try to arrive early. This gives time to park, greet, take care of other details, find a seat (conducive to listening) and quiet our hearts. During the week prior, if possible, study the Scripture text for the upcoming Sunday. Pray for the Sunday School teachers, Pastor(s), the preaching, the ministry of the Word across the world. Deal with any known sin in our lives. Next, there is participation. Listen carefully to the Scripture, any testimonies, prayer requests. Pay attention to the words (the message) in the hymns. Make them personal,. Take notes on the sermon. Make notes on how you might apply what you heard. Try to share something from the message with someone. (Don’t re-preach it). As you do these things (and it will require discipline) there will be praise, love and gratitude. Preparation and participation enhances and reinforces the emotional component in worship. “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him” (Colossians 3:16-17). Fred Pratt Green captures some of the nature of worship in his hymn, “The Threefold Truth.” “This is the three-fold truth on which our faith depends; and with this joyful cry worship begins and ends: Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again! Made sacred by long use, new-minted for our time. our liturgies sum up the hope we have in Him: Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!” Selah! Worship is the expression of heart, mind, soul and strength blended together in an eruption of loving and joyful admiration and appreciation of our God and Savior!  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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