Preparing for Worship

Psalm 46
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

Verses 1-3:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

Verses 10,11
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Saturday night. Preparing for tomorrow’s worship services. Trying to keep the attitude of my heart right and keep my mind free from distractions that tend to clutter in it’s hallways. I’m helping lead worship in the morning, playing keyboards. The first song out of the gate features a massive sounding keyboard intro. It’s one I’ve struggled with in the past. But hey, that’s the thrill that comes with playing live and why you practice. I’ve spent part of the evening playing through my parts, looking over the music, making last minute notes, and listening to the songs on our set list for tomorrow. More importantly, I’ve spent the week devoting time to prayer and meditating, communing with God as well as spending time connecting with people, especially family. Loved ones help remind us of how fortunate we are and how richly the Lord has blessed us. It’s been a week of well-spent ministry time, investing in people and sharing time in the Lord together. Sure, as with any week, some of the conversations have been difficult. But many have been simply glorious.

Colossians 3:16, a verse that continues to grow in my heart, exhorts: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

I’m grateful for God’s blessing. I know that He will not leave me nor forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6) As I bring Him my sacrifice of praise tomorrow, I hope to be conscious of my Creator, aware of His presence. I hope that those coming to worship the Lord tomorrow will sense and feel His presence too as He draws each of us nearer to Him through our worship of Him.

Now for a good night’s rest.

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001, by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.”

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