It is good to remember from time to time some reasons why it is we assemble on Sundays.
I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; surely I will remember Thy wonders of old. I will meditate on all Thy work, and muse on Thy deeds. Thy way, O God, is holy; what god is great like our God? Thou art the God who workest wonders; Thou hast made known Thy strength among the peoples. Thou hast by Thy power redeemed Thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
O LORD, I remember Thy name in the night, and keep Thy law. This has become mine, that I observe Thy precepts. The LORD is my portion; I have promised to keep Thy words.
A Full Defnition of Worship: Worship is an act by a redeemed man, God's new creation toward the creator, whereby his will, intellect and emotions gratefully respond in reverential fear and humble submission by means of spiritual offerings and sacrifices to the person, work and presence of God which is supremely demonstrated in Jesus Christ, as the Holy Spirit illuminates God's written word to man's heart.
We assemble to worship our all-sufficient, all powerful, ever faithful, merciful and loving God who is due all worship from his creatures because of who He is and what He has done. Only you & I who are His children can truly worship Him. He is due all our obedience, praise, thanksgiving and adoration. Do we anticipate with excitement our worship time? I think of the word "worthship" - it speaks of our most worthy God to whom all honor is due. Speaking of Christ our Savior we read ""saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing"" Rev 5:12.
We are truly in a fellowship mode when we are truly worshiping Him as His children through worshipful music, prayer, giving of our resources, and paying great attention to the proclaimed Word - hearing it, meditating upon it, sharing it & applying it to our lives. Also, biblical fellowship is not socializing but refers to sharing Who we have in common with one another : our living risen Savior who made our new life possible. It speaks of the eternal life He graced upon us and thus a common goal of a desire to "walk in the light" out of hearts of gratitude for what He has done for us.
We gather to give honor to God. Time in prayer, the music and teaching from the Word when done in the power of the Holy Spirit then are catalysts that should create the desire in our hearts to worship God. Ministry is that which comes down to us from the Father through His servants to one another in the form of spiritual gifts. Whereas, worship is that which goes up from us to the Father in the form of adoration, praise, thanksgiving and obedience when prompted through our time in prayer, music and meditation on the Word.
It is so easy to be distracted by pre-worship announcements, kids running around, whispering, meandering thoughts about lunch, the baseball game that afternoon, etc. Let's keep our focus on Him.
More On Worship :
And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.
And on the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to depart the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
On Fellowship :
I Jn 1:3
what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.
2 Pet 1:4
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become **partakers** of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
by Dave Smith, D.Min.