Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36
According to Barna, half of all churchgoers admit that they have not felt connected to God or in His presence at any time in the past year, in spite of regular church attendance.
Too many of us are coming to church, but not coming to worship. We’re, at best, worshiping the Lord with half of our hearts.
The key question is: How do we begin to move toward the place where we worship God with all our heart?
David calls all Israel to “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” 1 Chronicles 16:29 “Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
The nature of true worship is worship that does two things: it expresses the feeling of God’s value and greatness and it seeks to sustain in the congregation that same spiritual sense of God’s immense worth and beauty. Or to put it another way, John Piper wrote:, true worship: comes from a heart where God is treasured above all human property and praise, and it aims to inspire the same God-centered passion in the hearts of the congregation.
There is a beauty in the way that we live. A life of holiness is something that brings God praise.