Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name be all the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1
When we gather as God’s people to worship and praise Him we are changed by His presence. He is the object of our affection and our hearts desire. His light opens our hearts, our minds and souls to receive His truth and love. His Spirit empowers us with courage, wisdom and gratitude for all He is and all He has done through the gift of Jesus’s life, death and resurrection.
God’s command for us to SING and PRAISE are not only for His honor and glory but for the transformation of us as well. Something extraordinary happens in the atmosphere when God’s people bring surrendered hearts and sing about His character, His Word and His love. This is the place where we find solace and peace. Corporate worship on this earth is a small foretaste of what we will do in Heaven, forever!
As Jesus stated in John 4:24, true worship must be “in spirit,” that is, engaging the whole heart. Worship is not a place, but a lifestyle that passionately pursues a relationship with God. At the same time, worship must be “in truth”. We must have knowledge of the God we worship. Both are necessary for satisfying God-honoring worship. The best combination of both aspects of worship results in a joyous appreciation of God informed by Scripture. The more we know about God, the more we appreciate Him. The more we appreciate, the deeper our worship. The deeper our worship, the more God is glorified.