Worship is not a spectator sport. We don’t come to sit in an audience while a group of people perform for us. There is an audience in worship, but it is not the congregation; it is God. We, the people of God, are all on the stage, and God alone is the recipient of the praise we express.
Worship is about giving ourselves to God. …Our worship does not end with the closing prayer or benediction. Worship is a condition of our heart.
|K. G. Harney, Seismic Shifts
As you sit in the pews on Sunday, what goes on in your mind?
‘How was the service?’
‘How was the sermon?’
‘How was the music?’
‘What did you think of the [preaching/singing/sharing/song selection/announcement]?’
But you… How was your heart?
Did you think yourself the audience?
What is worship? Who did you worship?
(What is the condition of your heart?)
Father, forgive us and set us right again.
And Lord, on Christmas, help us not to forget your second coming.
(You alone know the timing.)
As we sing these songs of praise of Your might, the hope in You, of all You did and will do…
When the singing is done, let the songs remain in our hearts, and let us live with power, walking, believing the words that we have sung.