Considering that the first command is that we love and worship God, it is important for us to ask, “How do we worship God?” God of course does not leave us to guess about the answer. And as we might expect, in worshiping such a good and gracious God we not only glorify him but find satisfaction and eternal joy ourselves!
As J.I. Packer observes, “The primary acts of worship are those which focus on God directly … we must not imagine that work for God in the world is a substitute for direct fellowship with him in praise and prayer and devotion.”
Here are seven ways that we worship God:
Sermon Notes & Questions:
1) By admiring him: “You are wonderful, Lord!”
2) By thanking him: “Thank you, Lord!”
3) By petitioning him: “Please, Lord!”
4) By offering ourselves/substance to him: “Take this, Lord!”
5) By obeying him: “Yes, Lord!”
6) By trusting him: “Whatever, wherever, however you desire, Lord!”
7) By proclaiming him: “Listen, everybody!”
Point to ponder: Working for God is no substitute for personal communion with, and worship of, God.
Questions to consider: Are there any of these aspects of worship that are missing, or lagging, in your life right now? How might you build them into your daily schedule? How could you include them as you take communion?