Why we Worship

PSALM 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!


Why Scripture?



 


No question, Saturday evening is traditionally a "night-on-the-town" opportunity. But if we are to be sitting in church just 12 hours later for worship, just what steps can be taken to make that time as significant as possible?


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The sports fan knows about ritual. Leading up to game day, the fervor is primed by combing the internet and local sports pages, gleaning all the pre-game hype possible, drinking in the hoopla. The time is cleared on the schedule, food is purchased, banners bought. You know the drill.

So what about preparing for Sunday morning worship? Might a ritual help to maximize that time, and make it most fruitful? George Swinnock (1627-1673) thinks so....

Prepare to meet your God, O Christian!

Betake yourself to your chamber on Saturday night.

Confess and bewail your unfaithfulness under the ordinances of God; and as you are appropriately ashamed and rightly condemn yourself for your sins, entreat God to prepare your heart for, and assist it in, your religious performances.

Spend some time in consideration of the infinite majesty, holiness, jealously, and goodness, of that God, with whom you are to have to do in sacred duties.

Ponder the weight and importance of his holy ordinances.

Meditate on the shortness of the time you have to enjoy Sabbaths in; and continue musing...till the fire burns.

There is no way to fully measure how pleasant and profitable a Lord's day would be to you after such a preparation.

The oven of your heart thus baked in, as it were overnight, would be easily heated the next morning; the fire so well raked up when you went to bed, would be the sooner kindled when you rise. If you would thus leave your heart with God on the Saturday night, you will surely find it with him in the Lord's Day morning.










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