Discover the Book - Apr. 8, 2008


The Bible—God’s Worship Guide  


Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

—Colossians 3:16 NASB, emphasis added  


Could I challenge you? For a wonderful worship experience in Revelation, search for all the names and titles of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Begin your search by looking, chapter by chapter, for the names and titles of Christ in Revelation. Mark each one in a special way that will help you remember where you found them. As you mark them, ask yourself the “So what?” question: So what does Jesus as the ____ ______ (fill in a name or title) mean in my life for today?

Learn to practice noticing God’s presence during each day. Worship ought to become a daily habit: Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Punctuate every moment with inward whisperings of adoration, praise, and thanksgiving: Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice (Psalm 55:17).

To heighten your preparation for public worship, have personal times of inner worship, confession, Bible study, and attentiveness to Christ, your present teacher: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it that you may do all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and have good success (Joshua 1:8).

Learn to worship God in many different settings including when you are alone or in a home group Bible study. On Saturday night before the gathering of the church, prepare by having an inward examination and confession before going to bed early. On Sunday, before the worship service, go over the hymns and Scripture passages that will be used and pray that God will fill the sanctuary with His presence.

Have one of the most vital ministries at your church by arriving ten to fifteen minutes early and sitting, with your Bible open, in the worship center. Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower those who will minister during the service. Let go of all inner distractions so that you can really participate in the worship service.


If you do these things faithfully, you will be well on the way to growing in your ability to worship!  

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