TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! (Psalm 95:6)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Worship is a verb, and as Christians, worship should be at the heart of everything we do. Throughout Scripture, we are told to worship our Creator, and in Psalm 95:6, it says, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”
Let US. Let US worship. But this week, the “us” is going to be much different.
Coming together to worship is a privilege that many of us look forward to week after week. While we can (and should) worship on our own, there’s something about corporate worship… Being engaged with other believers as the body of Christ is an experience we should all crave because it’s Biblical. The book of Acts includes amazing examples of how beneficial and powerful corporate worship is.
However, except for snowstorms, I’ve never known a time when so many churches were choosing to close their doors for the week, or even through the rest of the month. Many wonder — how will I worship? What will this mean for our churches?
I don’t have an answer to what this means for our churches. But I do know that as far as the first question — “How will I worship?” — that answer is easy.
Of all the times in history for there to be a crisis of this magnitude that it closes the doors of our churches, we are so blessed! Internet access, including video conferencing, are available. We have tremendous resources to experience worship in our own homes, and many churches are planning to offer online worship options.
I admit I take my Internet access for granted, and to me — it’s a monthly bill I pay that is as critical to my existence as running water. Since you’re reading this and My Grace-Full Life is an entirely-online platform, I assume you have internet access. Make the most of those resources and make sure you still take time to worship this weekend, even if your church is closed.
But I also know, not everyone has access to these kinds of resources. Some simply can’t afford it to those who simply don’t embrace technology — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to worship. Singing hymns, reading the Bible, and praying are acts of worship that can be done without any external resources. If someone you know doesn’t have access to the internet for online worship, make sure you call and check on them. Pray with them over the phone and talk about things. Encourage them as it says to do in 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Tomorrow is Sunday. And we need to worship, whether church is open or not. After all, we don’t worship because of our circumstances; we worship despite our circumstances. No matter what happens — God is good and worthy of our worship.
Today, as you pray, thank God for being worthy of our constant praise and worship. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you find ways to worship even in the difficulties of our circumstances. Ask Him to move you to reach out to those who need encouragement because they feel isolated from their church families during this time.
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