For the Christian, true worship should constitute the highest of privileges and most exalted of experiences. It draws us closer to God and heightens our commitment to His blessed will. While worship may be personal or public, real worship will always be preceded by an intense desire to ascribe praise, honor, glory, and reverence to the God upon whom we are completely dependent. Public worship should not be entered into haphazardly. In order to better prepare ourselves for public worship that truly exalts and magnifies God, carefully consider the following questions:
· Am I coming before God to worship Him with a sincere heart? (John 4:24).
· Am I allowing my relationship with others to serve as a stumbling block in keeping me from the proper worship of God? (Matt 5:23-24; 1 John 4:20).
· Am I drawing near to God in purity and holiness, or am I allowing sin to be a barrier between God and me? (1 John 1:6-10).
· Am I fixing my vision on the Lord of glory to such an extent that my hungering desire is to draw near to Him? (Matthew 5:6; James 4:8).
· Am I singing enthusiastically, praying fervently, giving cheerfully, and lovingly remembering Jesus during the Lord’s Supper? (1 Corinthians 14:15,11:23-28;
2 Corinthians 9:7).
· Am I coming to God in worship with the full knowledge that the only reason I have such precious access to God is because of what Jesus did for me at Calvary? (Matthew 27:51; Acts 4:12).
· Am I worshipping solely to “see what I can get out of it”, or is my heart’s desire to offer praise, thanksgiving, and glory to my Lord and King? (Rev. 4:8-11).
· Am I willing to let God break me, and make me a vessel of honor for His service as a result of having been in His presence for worship? (2 Tim. 2:21)
Borrowed from Mike Vestal, The Eastside Edifier, Muskogee