Be Spiritually Prepared for Worship

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and

I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.   Psalm 7:17 

    We wake up on Sunday mornings and get ourselves ready for church. We are caught up in the hustle and bustle of making ourselves look good and making sure everything is ready before leaving the house. We prepare for worship physically, but do we prepare ourselves spiritually? Do we enter the church being full of gratitude or are we there just going through the motions?

    As followers of Christ, worship is an opportunity to offer Him something He dearly wants from us: gratitude, thanksgiving, and praise. Worship is a way to express our souls and spirits to God as a response to His blessings. True worship begins in our hearts with knowing and understanding God’s love, grace and mercy for us.

    It’s easy to expect the music, the liturgy and sermon to prepare us and give us the “feelings” needed for worship. Many church-goers leave churches because the worship service didn’t “do anything for them”. Hmm, maybe they didn’t have gratitude in their hearts before they came in, therefore are looking for something that is missing in their hearts and not in the church.

    Worship is: to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission. Therefore, worship should not be limited to just Sunday mornings.

    The connection between us and God is the Holy Spirit. When, in our hearts, we show gratitude, thanksgiving, and praise to God through worship, the Holy Spirit becomes alive in us and pours out among others. That, is not only encouraging to our brothers and sisters but it is contagious.

Is worshiping on Sundays just a routine?

Do you truly know and understand in your heart God’s love, grace and mercy for you?

Do you take the time to prepare your heart for worship before you leave home on Sundays?

To you, is worship only at church on Sunday mornings or do you worship all week long?

-Joanie Lawrence-Cain