The Privilege of Worship

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29: 2

May this be a time of gratitude and praise on this 2nd day of November as we give thanks to God for the opportunities and freedom to worship Him.

What do you think of when you think of worshipping God? Have you had an experience that stands out above all the rest – one in which your heart was truly moved to feel in awe of His greatness?

We often take for granted the privilege of worshipping – whether it is in our church, in the quietness of our own home, or in the beauty of nature. Worship is a conditon of the heart in which we give God “the glory due His name”, and the rightful praise He deserves. How grateful we can be for a God who longs for us to come to Him, and when we do, He draws us closer to Him.

We worship because we want to feel His presence and to be reminded of the love, strength, and hope we can find in Him. We attend worship services to enjoy the fellowship of other believers, to encourage each other, to grow in “spirit and in truth” through His Word, and to praise Him with our music and song. But first and foremost, we worship to honor and glorify God.

Scripture is very clear that true worship is about expressing our heartfelt sense of adoration and gratitude to Him. We do so because He is worthy of our time, reverence, and obedience. It is our desire to give Him praise for His goodness to us, for the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, and for His mercy and grace. We are to go before our Lord with grateful hearts to“worship Him in the splendor of his holiness”.

Worship is a time for putting aside our own cares and focusing our minds and hearts on His greatness. What a privilege and joy it is to be able to worship Him freely and to give Him “the glory due His name.”

Prayer

Our most gracious Lord, we thank you for the opportunities and the freedom to worship you.  May our hearts be full of gratitude and praise for your love, grace, and goodness to us always. Amen

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