• 1-2 When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,”
my heart leaped for joy.
And now we’re here, O Jerusalem, inside Jerusalem’s walls! (The Message Bible)
When David wrote this Psalm, he started by recalling a memorable moment where someone told him, “Let’s go to the House of God!” The word of God said that David’s heart leaped for joy!” Let me ask you a question: Has church for you become so routine and boring that the mere mention of going to church has become offensive to you? If we can be transported to the time of David, Jerusalem was not just the geographical and political center of Israel but also the spiritual center. Jerusalem was where the tribes go up to assemble before the Lord as one.
And oh the worship! The worship was legendary. “Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.” (1 Chron 23:5)
1 Chronicles 15:16 says: “David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.”
Imagine what a spectacle this is: 4,000 musicians with specially made instruments as provided by David. The Levites were told to make a joyful sound with musical instruments, lyres, harps and cymbals.
Such was the example of the worship experience during David’s time.
The most wonderful thing about the worship was the people. Three times a year, Israel was told to go to Jerusalem to participate in the Festival of the Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Song of Ascents were 15 Psalms that the Israelites sing before as they ascend towards Jerusalem. By the time they get there, they’re already so primed up spiritually that each one eagerly and actively participates in the worship.
Imagine the atmosphere! Imagine the electricity! The dynamics of it all!. The entire worship experience from the opening prayers and songs all to the way through the offerings and the preaching of God’s Word was a truly unforgettable experience.
This is why David couldn’t wait until the next worship service. It was just simply awesome.
Worship is truly one of the greatest experiences we can ever have. Imagine people from all walks of life, some may be rich and some poor, coming from different backgrounds and places and yet when they come together, they sing with one voice and sing the same songs and listen to the Word of God together. In worship there is unity, order and incredible blessing.
In today’s entertainment culture, people come to Church expecting to be blessed and entertained. It has to have the proper lighting, sound system, music and the preaching has to hit the spot.
Jesus says in John 4:23-24, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” Notice how this verse doesn’t say that we can worship God anyway we want, but we “must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” The word “must” makes it absolutely clear. There is no other way we can worship God and be acceptable to Him.We really become what we adore and worship. The more we worship God in spirit and truth, the more we become like Him, think the way He thinks as well as our minds being renewed. James 4:8 tells us to, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” When we worship God correctly, our minds are being renewed as we study and meditate on God’s word and worship Him. We develop such traits as forgiveness, tenderness, justice, righteousness, purity, kindness, and love. When we come before the Lord in worship, we cannot just be spectators with folded hands, slouching on our seats and seemingly detached. Proper worship requires our utmost attention, our humility and our reverence.
This is only right inasmuch as we are coming before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Pastor Chito Cordero is Senior Pastor of Word International Ministries in Los Angeles located or WIN LA at 530 Benton Way in LA CA 90057. For comments, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. or wordinternational.com.