“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.”
(Psalm 63:1–4, ESV)
Recently I have been thinking about what it means to worship God. Specifically, I have been thinking about adoration. What does it mean to adore God?
Here is my current definition: “To adore God means to think about him until we are speechless. Until we lose our ability to describe him, we are not adequately adoring him.”
In the class on the book of Psalms that I am currently teaching, my students and I spent some time discussing how we can best prepare ourselves for church services. Here are some of our thoughts.
- Do what you need to do to get to church on time.
- Make an effort to focus on God before you go to church (e.g., through singing or Scripture reading).
- Pray for peace and unity among God’s people.
- Do not exhaust yourself on Saturday.
- Prepare for the service by reading the Scripture related to Sunday School and/or the sermon, if possible.
- Pause and meditate before worship starts.
- Seek to release the stress of the past week or the next week so that you can focus on the Lord.
- Taking notes may help you stay focused during the service.
- Give proper consideration to your attire. Dress does impact your attitude (sloppy clothes = sloppy attitude). Dress in a way that shows proper respect to the Lord and does not draw attention to yourself.
- Your first priority in going to church is to worship God, not have your own needs met. As you focus on him he will meet your needs.
“The Christian’s life should be one of thankfulness to God.”
(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
“He who praises God for blessings will always have blessings for which to praise God.”
(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
“If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and all perfection, he must tell you to make a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you.”
In a lecture delivered by John D. Martin, he emphasized that the English word worship is an abridgement of the word worth-ship. To worship someone or something is to attribute worth to it. Because we worship our primary passion, we must evaluate who or what produces the most passion in our life. What is your passion button? What makes you the most excited? Is that person or thing truly worthy of your worship?
“If Socrates would enter the room we should rise and do him honor. But if Jesus Christ came into the room we should fall down on our knees and worship Him.”