I know that I am not the only one to have had to make changes to the way that I do Sunday worship this year. Many or most of us have been forced to watch worship services live-streamed or recorded online. There have been some congregations that have been able to use technology to make the jump to worshiping together although the instrumentalists and congregants are spread out in various locations. In my opinion, these groups have been the fortunate and blessed ones!
However, over the past weeks and more recent days, I have been pondering how we worship God, and more specifically how we have approached the online services that we have watched on our televisions or computers from home. I know that early on, I was tempted to settle down on my sofa in my pajamas and with my afghan and a snack just as I would to watch a movie or a basketball game. I was tempted to approach the service as a spectator. God spoke to me about that, and I would like to share with you today what I was convicted of because I believe that I am not alone in this temptation. I have heard & read too many comments and seen pictures on Facebook to let me think otherwise.
First of all, I want to be clear and say that I am sure that we can worship God in our pajamas. The important thing is the attitude of your heart. However, I do believe that the way we dress can express the attitude of our hearts. Through the years, I have seen way too many people show much more respect to a bride and groom that they will meet than to God who they will meet.
When we come to worship, we need to keep in mind WHO we are worshipping. I suggest that you read Psalms 95 and 96. Both Psalms are filled with references to the greatness of our God. I will share just some of the verses here:
“For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. The depths of the earth are in his hand, and the mountain peaks are his. The sea is his; he made it. His hands formed the dry land.” (95:3-5)
“Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” (95:6)
“For the Lord is great and is highly praised; he is feared above all gods…the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him.”(96:4,6)
Do we really consider WHO we are worshipping as we enter the auditorium or, as in 2020-21) our living room? Do we come with hearts wanting and ready to worship? Psalm 29:2 and 1 Chronicles 16:29 say that we should, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”
1 Chronicles 16:30 tells us to, “Let the whole earth tremble before him.” Just over a month ago I had an experience where I realized how greatly the Lord had used me that day. As the realization came to me of what the Lord had done, I fell to my knees in worship. I could not stand. I felt that day that I had had just a glimpse of the glory of God’s presence, and I was physically forced to my knees. Since that time, I have found myself often raising my hands in worship as I sing. I think this is because I have a deeper awareness of WHO is the God that I serve.
Well, it is just my hope that all of us wherever and however we worship tomorrow and the days that follow, that we will realize that we are coming before and into the presence of the Maker of heaven and earth, and the ONE who loves us so much that he gave his life and shed his blood that we might have eternal life. May our attitudes, actions, and dress express that awareness in every way!
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.