He is Worthy



 

Confession: I spend a lot of my free time watching ridiculous videos. Cat videos – I love ‘em. I could watch them for hours. Wedding fails – some of my favourites. A couple of nights ago, Mike, Elliot and I were watching America’s Funniest Videos and one of the videos was of a couple midway through reciting their wedding vows. The couple was looking lovingly into each other’s eyes, while the pastor prompted:

Pastor: for better for worse          

Bride: for better for worse

Pastor: for richer for poorer

Bride: for richer for poorer

Pastor: in sickness and in health;

Bride: in sickness and in health;

Pastor: to love, cherish,

Bride: to love, cherish,

Pastor: and to obey.

Bride: and to- …

Pastor: and to obey…

Bride: … *crickets chirping in the background* …

AWKWARD!

“Obey.” So much weight attached to such a small word. Nobody likes having to be obedient to someone else. We like to be able to do what we want, when we want to.

This morning, I was reading an article about how we come into God’s presence in worship. Often times it can be difficult to come to church on a Sunday morning and be excited about giving God our praise. Sometimes it can feel like a chore or an obligation – one we’d rather avoid. But in the midst of the reluctance we sometimes feel, the writer of the article said these words,

“Obedience often precedes joy.”

Read that one more time.

“Obedience often precedes joy.”

“Well, yes, Jolene, that sounds super Bible-y, but what does that mean?” you might ask. Or, at least that’s what I asked myself. The words resonated with me, but what does that mean for me practically?

For me, it means I enter into worship with what I know to be true, instead of just what I feel to be true. It means I recognize God’s attributes – his love, his mercy, his grace - even when I find it difficult to see them working in my life. It means I follow God’s command to bring Him my worship, because He is worthy.

Revelation 4:11 says “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Our God is worthy of our worship, and I truly believe that as we lift up his name, as we bring him our praise (even when we don’t feel like it) in obedience to Him, He will fill us with joy! Joy in His strength, joy in His compassion, and joy in the salvation we have through his Son, Jesus Christ.

 

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

Psalm 145:1-3

 

Jolene Sanders, Worship Director

 

 

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