Do you know anticipation?
For some it’s the first Saturday of college football. You wait anxiously all summer for the moment you gather your friends and family and embark on an autumn journey, experiencing the highs and lows of “your” team. Others lay awake the night before hunting season opens, excited to see what this year’s adventure holds. Maybe you anticipate the next time your kids will visit you, knowing you have not seen those grandkids in far too long! I know you have been there. Maybe it’s the end of a long day, and you begin to think about grilling those steaks in the backyard. Anticipation is usually associated with something you hold dear. We anticipate those things that excite us, motivate us, refresh us. We seldom anticipate changing the oil in the car or that water bill. Those things may make us anxious, but rarely do they fulfill us.
Connect in corporate worship
This past weekend we talked about one of the Alsbury values in our morning services. We unpacked the value “Connect.” In short, here at Alsbury, we want to Connect with God and with others. One of the main avenues of doing that is in our corporate worship times.
In the journey of faith for the believer worship is living our lives out in devotion, adoration and obedience to God. A portion of living lives of worship involves gathering together as the Church to ascribe His worth. What a high calling. Without repeating too much of the message on Sunday, I think it’s important to reiterate a few points.
- In worship we fulfill God’s purpose for all of creation. Psalm 19:1-6
- Through worship we make the eternal truths regarding God’s nature known to all.
- In worship we declare that God will one day restore creation to his original intention.
Is there anything more exciting than knowing that through worship we are fulfilling our purpose? More exciting than hearing the eternal truth of God and making it known?
God’s plan is still alive and He is working to restore what sin in man deluded. Even better, we know He wins! Can you find a more exciting song to sing?
do we gather for worship every week in anticipation?
- Do we really look forward to rejoicing in praise?
- Does it keep us awake at night like a 10 point buck on opening morning does?
- When is the last time you can say, that gathering with other believers for worship created anticipation in you greater or equal to waiting months for your favorite sports season to start?
Remember we worship the King of kings. We come into the presence of the Lord of lords. It is our job to cry out, because nature, even the rocks, are ready to rise up in our place if we do not get the job done. Let us be a body of worshippers anticipating our time to connect with God and with each other each week.
Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.”—Psalm 66:1–4