2002-11-22 - Worship
Part 3, Not Just for Presbyterians
Someone has said that the Christian's true work is worship. And just think-no matter how much education you have had, even if you made all Cs (or worse), even if you can't leave a wheelchair or your bed, even if you have no skills, you can perform the most vital "work" in the world. The third "Great End of the Church" is worship. Every single person can and should worship God daily, as well as in the company of His people.
Psa. 2:11 (NASB) Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.
We can worship in our homes or cars, by praising God or singing a song to Him. Even if we can't sing on-key, to our loving Heavenly Father, every single one of us sounds as melodious as Kathy Troccoli.
We can worship in our churches, where the sound of harmonious voices singing praise to God can send chills up our spines. As Steven Fry writes in the November / December issue of Discipleship magazine, "It's God's idea" that we worship together. After all, He inspired the scribes of the Old Testament painstakingly lay out instructions for the structure of both the worship building (the Temple) and the worship practices. Paul admonished believers to "not forsake assembling together." And Jesus Himself regularly attended Synagogue, to teach and discuss God's word (At that time, of course God's word was what we know as the Old Testament.).
We can have little "worship moments" any time during the day or night, when we acknowledge God for one of His attributes or deeds.
I encourage you to build worship into your everyday lives, and to take advantage of the freedom we have to worship together each week, with our extended family / fellow church members.