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12/11/2008

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Getting The Most Out Of Worship


"He is exalted, the King is exalted on high; I will praise Him. He is exalted, forever exalted, and I will praise His name! He is the Lord; forever His truth shall reign, Heaven and earth rejoice in His holy name. He is exalted, the King is exalted on high; He is exalted, the King is exalted on high." Song by Twila Paris

How do we get the most out of something? When I played baseball, I played with all my heart. Every at bat, every pitch, every catch were done with an intensity. As a dumb ballplayer I didn't know that I was adhering to the law of proportionality. The more I put into the game, the more I got out of it. Does this "law" work in all aspects of our lives?

In regard to getting the most out of worship, I view a group of church members leaving worship services. Are they reflecting on what they just experienced, or is it over until next week? Did I just miss something? Is there some deep dark secret to having a more meaningful worship experience each Lord's day? Should the message be more upbeat and the songs peppier? Did the prayers reflect my feelings also?

Would I get more out of worship if I took notes and went over them later? How about if I brought a more humble,"ready to learn" attitude with me. How about if I resigned that I would put myself into each song, even if it was not one of my favorites? Would it help if everyone was just more friendly?

As helpful as some of these "suggestions" might be, to a degree, they all miss the point. What really needs to happen in worship does not lie within the quality of the preaching (I may be in trouble here) or singing. It is not just the friendliness of the members or even the facility. It DOES LIE within the worshipper! To get the most out of the worship, the worshipper must change.

If you have time today, read Isaiah 6:1-8. In it you will see what Isaiah saw at worship. In this passage, he was in the Temple....at worship.... After his experience, his life was turned around and he was never the same. (read verse 8) I will let you figure out what happened to Isaiah. What did he see that he normally did not and what does it have to do with getting the most out of worship? I will leave you here this morning and continue the thought tomorrow. If you have some thoughts, share them with me.

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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