Worship is an important part of what it means to be the body of Christ! More than just a musical style or a set of songs we sing on Sunday morning, worship is OUR RESPONSE TO GOD! So a “good worship service” is not about the quality of music or the type of songs that are sung, but rather is a reflection of whether or not WE are fully engaged in bringing praise, thanks and adoration to God!
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Realize that ALL of life is worship. Worshipping all week long is the best way to prepare for corporate worship!
Prepare for Sunday Worship–
Going to be at 2 AM almost always ensures that you Sunday morning worship experience will be a drag. Try to protect Saturday evenings as a time of preparation for worship. Try to get to church early to pray for God’s anointing on the service and to pray for your pastor.
Come to Church EXPECTING-
What thoughts go through your mind as you get out of bed on a Sunday morning? Sometimes a small difference in perspective can make a HUGE difference in our experience of worship. Expect God to do great things in our worship services! You might be surprised at how often God shows up when we are attentive.
Learn to Depend on God ALONE in Worship-
On the Sabbath, the Israelites were commanded to NOT gather manna. They were to be totally dependent on God. Come to our corporate worship with a sense of that dependency. Try not to depend on the quality or style of music to make a worship service “great”. Trust that anything good that happens on Sunday is from God and God alone.
Learn to Live With Distractions-
If there is noise during worship, don’t let it rob you of giving praise and thanks. If little children are making noise, pray a prayer of blessing for them, and thank God that they are in his house! There is always a way to enter into worship, seek out that way instead of becoming frustrated with the distraction!
Offer the Sacrifice of Praise
Sometimes we just don’t “feel” like giving praise or thanks. Do it anyway! Sometimes getting up and making the effort to be in church is just our way to tell God that even if this service feels like a waste of time, we will be willing to waste time for Him! You might find that as you offer the sacrifice of praise, your feelings about worship change!