Friday, March 31, 2017

Devotion 4.1.17

Worship/Praise - Psalm 134

Preparation.  Preparation varies depending on experience of the person and the task at hand.  Each of us prepare in our own way, and that preparation may take minutes or it may take months.  Putting a team together to prepare for something changes the dynamics entirely.  Now the preparation has to be communicated and understood by several as they address a common task at hand.

What is "preparation for worship?"  How do we get in that frame of mind to go participate with the body of Christ to worship Him? 

In the Psalms of Ascents (120 - 134), a combination of psalmists that include David prepare us for worship.  Some suggest that it begins at the door of the home and ends in the temple of the Lord, but each represents a step of preparation, examining our hearts and calling to God as we walk along the way.  In Psalm 134, the psalmist calls out, "Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!  May the LORD bless you from Zion, who made heaven and earth."

We prepare for worship as we move to worship the Trinity in our various worship services.  We offer blessings to our Lord for all He has done for us through prayer, Word, song, and sacraments.  We acknowledge who He is through the confession our sin as we turn to Him for forgiveness. 

Pray for a right heart as we enter the house of worship for our Lord.

Hope Men's Ministry

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