One Second After Worship


But may all who search for you
    be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation
    repeatedly shout, “God is great!” ~Psalm 70:4, NLT

Sunday morning I will gather with a group of saints who have come to worship our God and Savior. We will speak aloud His word and encouragements from the heart as we sing and study and pray together. We will commune as remember the body and blood of Jesus. And the promise of God is that He will be present as we gather.

For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them. ~Matthew 18:20

Typically we will close our service with a prayer.  We see this as the end of our gathering for the morning. We have spent an hour or so focused on the wonder and beauty of God (we have, haven’t we?). What happens one second after worship?

“Man that is going to be a great game today!”

“Where do you want to eat lunch?”

I have a feeling that if we had been in the presence of our favorite movie star or musical genius we would be marveling at their talent – amazed that we had that opportunity.

“That prayer was so long.”

“I couldn’t keep my eyes open during that sermon.”

I think if we really believed that God was present our singing would take on new life. Our prayers would feel inadequate as we bowed before Majesty. Our communing together would be met with tears and sighs of joy.

I don’t even want to mention what I think of communing and running … what is communion calling us to? Putting our heart into worship requires us to put our hearts into our fellow congregants. Do we honor the Body of Christ when we just take the body of Christ and get out?

“Did you see what she had on today?”

“It was too cold in here this morning (or too warm).”

I encourage you to shake up your routine Sunday morning. When the assembly ends, say to someone that “God is great!” Say it to several someones. Remind each other that this life is short but eternal life is ours through the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

And if we can’t harness our emotions and thoughts for a few moments on a Sunday morning, maybe we’re the ones who need to be convinced that God is Great!

…Continually say, “Great is the Lord, who delights in blessing his servant with peace!” ~Psalm 35:27

Thanks for reading, John

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