Basics of Worship (Part 1)
after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the
king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where
is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it
rose and have come to worship him.” (Matt 2:1-2)
What can we learn from the three wise men about worship? This is a great review of the three most critical aspects of worship.
First, we see their sincere desire to worship. They
traveled many miles on foot and on camels on a dangerous journey. They
singularly fixed their eyes on “his star” and followed it to Bethlehem
for the sole purpose of worshipping Jesus.
are by nature inwardly focused. We have to make deliberate efforts to
shift our focus away from our own needs. God desires our focus to be on
Him because He is the source of life.
How do we do this? By meditating on his word and praying….
“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” Psalm 119:15
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” Colossians 4:2
Second, we see that they were filled with joy.
star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped
over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were
overjoyed.” (Matt 2:9-10)
was the last time you were so filled with joy because of God’s love for
you? Expression of joy is a critical part of worship. We must express
our love for God and joy in being saved from our sin and death to be
alive in God’s family.
“Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.” Ps 5:11
“In your presence there is fullness of joy.” Ps 16:11
“May we shout for joy over your salvation.” Ps 20:5
“Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.” Ps 43:4
You get the picture of the heart of David as he joyfully praised and worshipped God.
we approach Christmas, let us remind ourselves to focus our eyes on
Jesus and worship Him with sincere heart and true expression of joy.