Once again, I am looking forward to coming together this Sunday evening and worshiping together with a Night of Worship. When we approach an evening like this, it’s interesting how many opinions can exist as to the “why” behind it. Is it just another something that gets put on the church calendar? Is it to create an opportunity to invite someone to church? Is it so that we can sing and worship without more of the time constraint that we experience during a normal weekend worship experience?
1 Chronicles 29:11 states – “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.” This verse is part of a prayer that David prayed as materials were being collected for the building of the temple. This temple would attempt to express in its construction the greatness and glory of the Lord and be the central place where His people would congregate to worship Him. The very first word of this verse is what should focus us for a night of worship…”yours”.
Sometimes, I’m afraid that we approach a corporate time of worship solely focused on finding and experiencing that emotional high that corporate worship often brings. I know that I certainly do. I want to “feel” the presence of the Lord. I want to “experience” His presence in a powerful way. The Lord created our emotions, so there certainly isn’t anything wrong with desiring these feelings when we worship. However, what happens if the expectation of the level of emotion that we thought we would experience is not met? I need to remind myself that when I approach any worship experience this way that I am not focued on “Yours”. I am focused on “me”.
When I pay my wife a compliment, I am not looking to get something out of it. I am looking to GIVE her something…to express to her my sincerest appreciation for who she is and what she’s done. I don’t believe that I’ve ever walked away from paying anyone a compliment and thought, “You know, I just didn’t get anything out of that.” Our private and public worship is to simply express to Lord how amazing He is and how in awe we are of what He has done for us through His Son, Jesus. While we can and do experience much emotional satisfaction from this, the ultimate satisfaction is putting a smile on His face…lavishing our praise upon the One Who is worthy of everything we could give and so much more.
As we approach this Sunday’s Night of Worship, let’s focus on “Your”. If we walk away from the experience having done that, the “why” will have been significantly answered.
– Jay LeBlanc