Let us go to the house of the Lord,
let us worship in his holy temple,
For he is the King of All Mercy.
Let us exalt the Lord’s name together (Psalm 34:3).
I love gathering with you for corporate worship. It is often the highlight of my week! Let me offer a few reflections on why I treasure it so.
First, corporate worship is exciting. We worship an infinitely worthy God. When I think about Isaiah meeting a holy God (Isaiah 6), John communing with a glorious God (Revelation 1), and the saints in heaven honoring a God of salvation (Revelation 5:6–14), I am overwhelmed! Just as they, broken sinners as they are (or were), enjoy the very presence of the Lord, so it is with us. This same God is meeting with us by His Word and His Spirit! There is nothing more exciting!
Second, corporate worship is Christocentric. Jesus is the Creator, we are the creation. He is the King, we are His subjects. He is the Head, we are the body. He speaks and we listen. It is right and good to gather in order to listen to what the Scriptures tell us about Jesus and what He requires of us, and to respond with faith-filled Christ-centered worship!
Third, in worship the church is active. The congregation sings psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; together we engage in prayers, confession, and the hearing of God’s word. We have our minds renewed (Romans 12:2), our souls pierced (Hebrews 4:12), and our lives transformed that we might walk in truth (1 John 1:6). This occurs by attentive, edge-of-the-seat, expectant listening and responding. Corporate worship is action-packed!
Fourth, we fellowship as a covenant family. When we sing, we are not only singing unto the Lord but to one another (Colossians 3:16). We join our voices in prayer for the people of God. We are one body, unified in one Lord, one Spirit, and one baptism (Ephesians 4:3–6).
We are the church. Worship is what we do. And even though our worship is not everything it should be, in it we gather together to meet with God, to hear His Word, to partake of His sacraments, to offer Him prayers and praise, to give our offerings, to confess our sins, to prepare for mission, to hear again His assurance of pardoning grace, to dwell with Him. And we do this every week. What a joy!