Preparing for Worship
This devotional was written by Leslie Snyder
Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; with the deepest awe I will worship at your Temple.—Psalm 5: 7 (NLT)
Imagine with me an ordinary Sunday morning across
This scenario, although fictitious, is all too common. While many Christians would vehemently defend that Sunday morning worship is the most important hour of the week, those same people do very little to prepare for it. The Psalmist shares the secret as to why we even have the privilege of worship. It is because of the unfailing love of God. The writer goes on then to suggest how we are to worship God: with deepest awe. I don’t know about you, but it is very difficult for me to worship God with deepest awe when the frustrations of the morning, which are often brought on by my own lack of preparation, cloud my view. When this happens, I enter worship with an expectation to be ministered to which can easily result in a critical attitude toward the music sung, the words preached and even what the pastor is wearing. But when I take the time to prepare myself ahead of time and enter worship with the expectation of giving myself to God, I can more readily worship in deepest awe, even if I don’t necessarily care for the music style or other external preferences. When we come prepared to worship, we can experience God in His fullness.
You might be thinking, “You don’t understand. I have to get my entire family ready alone and we just always run late! These expectations are unrealistic!” I completely understand, as our family is much like yours. Below you will find some practical solutions that helped our hectic Sundays become smoother. Perhaps these will allow you to enter worship prepared to receive and give your best.
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1. Communicate the importance of worship with your entire family. Discuss together ways each family member can help Sunday mornings run smoother.
2. Get enough rest the night before. If you have a teen, set curfew 30 minutes earlier the night prior to worship.
3. Mom and Dad, get up and ready before you wake the kids. Recognize and reward improvement.
4. Stop yelling. It increases stress and anger, and it really doesn’t help.
Psalm 84:10; Psalm 51:15-17; Psalm 100: 1-5
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