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Listen while you read: "Face To Face With Christ My Saviour"1 (Lyrics)
Matthew 4:10 – Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" (NIV)
I love worshipping God. It's good to come among a group of like-minded people and sing together our praises of God. Being with church family week after week gives me the strength, encouragement, and challenges to face whatever takes place during the next seven days. Without church, I don't know how I could live. Without worship, I don't think that I would have any faith, hope, or love.
Worship to outsiders looks like a dull, religious thing. They don't understand the positive power and unique experience that being in God's house each week creates. They think that many worshippers are weak, unintelligent, and misguided people. They don't know about the spiritual pull that God gives to His people to come together to be with Him. It's a mysterious event where folks are drawn together by the bidding of the Holy Spirit and brought into the favourable, sacred presence of God. I think that it's a unique experience on earth because it is a foretaste of the joys we will know in heaven, when we finally join with the church triumphant in glorifying God forevermore.
Going to worship on a regular basis does not make us superior Christians, but it does build up our faith in Christ and our love of God. Worship helps us to humbly come before God to praise His name, to seek His forgiveness, and to look for His guidance. It's a filling station for empty spirits; it's a sacred haven for troubled souls.
When Christ confronted the devil about worship, He plainly and effectively stated that worship was meant to be directed toward God only. There is no other object of our worship; there is no other being that we are meant to focus upon. When we worship God, we are fulfilling our destiny and our purpose, as well as the meaning of our lives. We are created to worship God, so we are at our most complete when we come to church as believers and worshippers, as well as pilgrims and disciples seeking and receiving His love.
Questions for personal reflection:
What does worship mean to me? How do I humbly serve God through regular worship?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we are called to worship Your Father, our Creator, to serve His purposes, and to find meaning in His kingdom. Thank You for boldly confronting the devil by declaring what true worship is. Help us to humbly and authentically worship God each day of our lives, as well as with Your gathered people. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.