A popular TV sitcom once featured a man and woman discussing why it is important to attend the Sunday church service.
“It gives me a chance to thank God for you and the kids,” the wife told her husband, “and to ask God for another week of strength to put up with you and the kids.”
That’s actually not far off, especially in the sense of starting with the idea of thanksgiving.
Which came first?
A lot of people use flowery words for worship, such as, “seeking God’s face,” or “entering into His presence.” Some even know the dictionary definition of the word of worship being “to attribute worth” to God. But all of these miss an important part of the equation:
We wouldn’t be able to worship God if He hadn’t revealed Himself to us first.
Psalm 19:1 tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God,” and when Peter recognized that Jesus was “the Christ, the son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), Jesus noted that “flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (verse 17).
Even the salvation we celebrate came from a love that God had when we did not know him: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
How will we respond?
In addition to celebrating salvation (for those of us who have accepted this gift), we have a lot to celebrate concerning God’s provision for us in everyday life – if we stop to notice. Sometimes it’s material needs, sometimes it’s physical healing, and sometimes it’s spiritual encouragement. If nothing else, our daily walk should give us a better appreciation of who He is.
As we prepare for worship this coming Sunday, may we be ready to respond to how He has revealed himself in our lives.
1. What “God sightings” can you celebrate from this past week?
2. What divine attributes do you appreciate from His revelation?
3. How will the answers to #1 and #2 help you better worship on Sunday?