Have we diminished the Greatness of God in our lives? Are we making God into the image of man? Do we view God as we desire Him to be; or do we view Him as He reveals himself in His Word? The Psalmist understood the greatness of God “FOR THOU ART GREAT, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.” (Psalm 86:10) ”
God is Great in His Attributes. “For thou art Great.”
Do we ever meditate upon who God is? Do we think about each of His attributes? I would encourage us to take time each day to meditate upon one of God’s attributes. For example, one day, meditate upon the omnipresence of God (God is present everywhere). Read verses that show His omnipresence. Think about His presence as you work. Remember His presence as you spend time with family. No matter what happens during the day, remember “God is here”. The next day, do the same thing with another attribute of God. Often God loses His Greatness in our eyes because we don’t really know Him.
God is Great in His Works. “and doest wondrous things”
The word wondrous has the idea of producing “awe”. Have we lost the wonder of God’s work of creation, His miracles in the Bible, and His working in our lives? God loses His Greatness in our eyes when we forget that He still is working in our lives and the lives of the people around us. Paul wrote about the believers in Philippi. “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Take the time to meditate upon God’s work in the past and the present.
God is Great in His Uniqueness. “Thou art God alone.”
Have we placed anything or anyone above God? Anything can become an idol in our life if it comes before God. God is truly above all. He alone is God. He alone merits our worship and our obedience. God says in Isaiah 44:8: “Fear ye not, neither be afraid:have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” Sin, fear and worry enter into our lives when we fail to see the uniqueness of God. He alone is worthy of our worshipful.
A Prayer to Our Great God
Lord, help me to bow in submission before you. Help me to know you in all of your glorious attributes. Help me to see your wondrous works in creation and all that you do around me. Help me not to place anyone or anything before you. May I see you as you are and not as I want you to be. Amen”
You are in church on a Sunday morning, have you ever found yourself……..
1. wishing that you weren’t in church?
2. thinking about the week ahead during the message?
3. fighting off sleep?
4. making negative mental notes about the people in the service?
5. singing and not paying attention to the words or our hearts?
6. picking apart the message being preached?
7. forgetting the sermon by the time you eat Sunday dinner?
What is the problem with our time of worship on Sunday morning? Could it be that we arrive totally unprepared to worship God? How can we have prepared hearts to worship the Living God?
Look unto God in preparation to worship Him.
Do I study and meditate upon His Word during the week? How can we expect to receive something from the Word of God during the worship service if we are not bathing our hearts in the Word of God during the week? “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97) Our love for the Word during the week will be evident in our response to the Word on Sunday. The message is only the beginning of allowing the Word to work in our minds and hearts.
Do I seek the Lord in prayer during the week as I prepare to worship Him? Yes, the pastor should have a prayerful heart as he enters the pulpit on Sunday morning; however, each listener should have prayerful heart as well. We should pray with the Psalmist. “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalm 119:18)
Do I desire to glorify God as I worship Him? Often people say: “I didn’t get anything out of the service? What is the reason? Could it be that they did not put anything into the service? Their goal was to receive a blessing instead of giving glory to their Heavenly Father. Does our attitude on Sunday reflect these words: “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:3) Look at Yourself in Preparation to WorshipGod
1. Do I have the right attitude about attending the worship service of the church? Our attitude determines the richness of our worship experience. If we arrive at the worship service with a negative attitude, our time of worship will be a negative experience. The Psalmist says: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. “(Psalm 122:1) When we enter the worship with a spirit of joy and gratefulness, our worship experience will be one of joy.
2. Do I have the right relationship with God as I attend the worship service? Sin will keep us from having an encouraging, joyful worship experience with God. How can we worship God with our hearts, if we have unconfessed sin ruling in our hearts? “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” (James 4:8) We make sure our outer person is clean before we attend the worship service, but what about our hearts?
3. Do I have the right understanding of the need to attend the Sunday morning worship service? There are many people who attend church who don’t really understand why they are there. Maybe, it is out of habit. Maybe, they feel it is the right thing to do. However, God makes it clear that we as His children need to meet to together. This is not only to worship Him, but also to minister one to another. The church service is not only an opportunity to have people minister unto us, but it is also an opportunity to minister unto others. God says: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Look at others in preparation to worship God
1. Do I have the right relationship with those around me? Jesus taught that you can’t come before God’s altar and offer your gift if you have a problem with others. (Matthew 5:23-26) How can we worship God on Sunday, when we have unresolved conflict in our family, or in our church family?
2. Do I see the opportunities of ministry within my family and my church family? God has given every believer a spiritual gift. We are to use our gift within His Body (Romans 12:3-8). These gifts are not for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others. The worship time gives us an opportunity to have a sensitive heart towards others, to pray for others, and to be an encouragement to others.
Worship means to give worth to His name. The Sunday morning worship service can be a negative experience, a boring experience, a tedious experience or it can be a time of enjoying and honoring the presence of the Living God. The choice is our. Next Sunday, will we come to worship Him with a prepared, and surrendered heart? Will our worship be worthy of our great and mighty God?