Worship is the motivation of the people of God. It is the heartbeat of Christian community. Worship is our life and the reason why God sets us free. (Ex. 3.12)
How do you prepare your soul to worship God?
I’m learning more and more that there is a direct link between my preparation for worship and my experience of God in worship. When I think of the amount of preparation that went into offering a sacrifice in the Old Testament–raising and feeding the animal, catching it and taking it to the temple, confessing one’s sins and watching an innocent animal lose its’ life–I’m struck by how we are called to bring “a sacrifice of praise” to God. (Heb. 13.15) Shouldn’t we put significant thought and preparation into our sacrifice too?
Let’s share best practices. What do you do to prepare yourself for worship? Do you go to bed early so you won’t be tired or get up early to spend time in scripture? Do you fast before you worship?
I’ll go first. Because I’m usually preaching God’s word during our worship services I usually listen to other pastors on my iPod so that I too am being transformed by the proclamation of God’s word.