A Heart That Worships

From Jim’s Heart for Men: A Heart That Worships by Jim George

We often focus on the personal side of worship when we note what marks a man after God’s heart. You, as God’s man, should be marked by prayer, praise, and personal worship. As you read, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word, you will develop a deep reservoir of strength that, in time, will issue forth in praise and prayers of gratitude to your God.

But there is another aspect of worship—the public side. From the very beginning of the church, believers have gath­ered together to worship God through singing, studying the Word, and celebrating the Lord’s resurrection. In fact, the day the early church gathered together was called “the first day of the week” or “the Lord’s Day” (Acts 20:7; Revelation 1:10).

On modern calendars, Sunday is the first day of the week. And for Christians, there are several reasons it is an important day. A friend and author, Dr. Richard Mayhue of The Master’s Seminary, believes there are good reasons for us as men after God’s heart to participate in corporate worship:

-It provides the only opportunity during the week for the entire flock to hear the heart, mind, and voice of the Senior Shepherd.

-It’s the only day during the week for God’s flock to join their hearts together in unified worship.

-It’s the only time during the week that the flock can blend their voices together in praise to God.

-It’s the only time during the week to join hands in giving sacrificially to the Lord.

-It’s the only opportunity during the week in which the congregation (both young and old) can have a common shared experience.

-It’s the only time during the week in which the large body can be in a position to encourage and stimulate one another to love and good deeds in accord with Hebrews 10:24-25:13.

You and I—as men aspiring to godliness—should be as excited about going to church as David was about his visits to the house of God. Hear again how David, a man who had a heart for worship, expressed his yearning for God’s house. This longing ought to be ours as well:

“I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells” (Psalm 26:8).

“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).

An additional reason why church attendance is important is to meet the spiritual needs of your family. Your wife and children need spiritual stimulation as much as you do!  Therefore you must take leadership in this vital area. It’s not your wife’s responsibility to make church attendance happen. It’s your responsibility as a husband and father and the God-ordained spiritual leader of your family. God holds you accountable for nurturing your family’s spiritual needs, and church attendance is a key part of that nurturing.

God did not intend for church attendance to be merely a cultural ritual devoid of meaning and joy. He infused the benefits of community interaction and corporate praise into Christian gatherings when He said, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).

If this is the time for you to begin (or return to) gathering with fellow Christians, bring it before the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to guide you to the community where you can both serve and be served…both learn from others and share your own wisdom…and worship the Lord in spirit and truth (John 4:24).

RESPOND:

Lord, help me to lead my family well by attending and participating in corporate worship. Thank You for Your body, the Church. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES:

Discover how God can use men just like you and read One Minute with the Men of the Bible by Jim George.

REFLECT:

How can I grow in my participation with my local church community? How can I better nurture my family’s spiritual needs?

REMEMBER:

Church should be a place of joy and worship, where you can grow in wisdom and truth.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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