“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.”
Psalm 95:1-3, NIV
How can a person get the most out of a corporate worship experience? First, you must prepare for the worship experience. You must prepare your body by being rested and ready to meet with God. You should prepare your mind by focusing on God. You should prepare by having an active mind ready to participate in the worship experience. You should be creative, alive, and excited about meeting with God in worship. You should prepare spiritually by allowing the Holy Spirit to search your heart to convict you and then repent of any sin before entering into God’s presence.
Second, you must participate. Worship is a verb. It is an action. The psalmist says, “sing,” “shout,” “bow down,” “kneel,” “come.” All of these speak of participation in worship. As a worshipper you should participate in the service by praising God in song. Praise should be vocal, cheerful, and thankful. Praise expresses from the heart more than what words are able to say. You participate through prayer. You join your heart in prayer with those leading in corporate prayer. You participate in the proclamation. Preaching is an interactive activity that cannot be done by the preacher alone. There must be listeners, and they must respond. You participate in the preaching of God’s Word by receiving it and applying it to your life.
Finally, to get the most out of worship you must expect something to happen. We should expect that God will intervene and reveal Himself. When you worship corporately you should expect God to reveal some new truth to you for you to meditate upon. You should expect to receive some real inspiration that will spur you on to live a more devoted life for God. You should expect to receive motivation to fulfill the spiritual commitments you make to God.
QUESTION: Are you getting the most out of worship? Why or Why not? How might you get more out of your worship experience?