"Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come before Him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness." 1 Chronicles 16:29
A few weeks ago I was sitting in my living room chair and preparing to look over a sermon that I was going to preach on Sunday. I turned the television off and opened my Bible. Just as I was getting ready to read the Scripture and look over my notes, I heard God's voice saying, "Just worship Me." My first response was simple: "I am about to read the Word and prepare to preach. Isn't that worship?" God wanted me to stop studying about Him. In that moment He wanted me to worship Him...not because I had a sermon to preach or because I wanted to teach someone else about Him. He wanted my full attention for no other reason than to just worship! I immediately began praying for God to forgive me for all those times that I was so busy learning and studying about Him rather than being overwhelmed by His presence alone. I started singing praise songs. I sat quietly at times, praying...right there in my living room chair. Many times we make the mistake of waiting and wanting to worship on Sunday mornings or Sunday nights with the choirs and the praise teams. But on this night, God actually showed me that worship begins with the individual heart being overwhelmed and satisfied by God's splendid and holy presence. Then we take our worship with us to the gathering on Sunday mornings and Sunday nights. There we can enjoy corporate worship with other brothers and sisters in Christ. The latter part of 1 Chronicles 16:29 says, "Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness." Why wait until Sunday to do that? Why not today? Why not worship the Lord right now?