Chatroom – Our Glorious Creator

The glory of God puts everything in perspective, including ourselves. The only way to have proper self-esteem is to exalt God to the place He deserves in our lives, and one of the major ways we do this is through our worship.

Tonight, I want to discuss the things that need to be right in our livesย leading up to worship. We cannot walk into Sunday morning worship without preparation, and expect to offer pleasing worship to God. List some ways that we can “guard our steps” as we go to the house of the Lord (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3), and provide scripture to go with your points.

 

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  1. Reading the Bible on the way to services (Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.”)

    1. Yes, great start to the chat tonight! We need to get in the right frame of mind on the way to worship. Psalm 1:2 keys in on an even bigger point than reading on the way to services though. How should our attitude toward the scriptures be throughout the week? (hint: being eager to start the chat tonight shows that you display this well!)

        1. Yes! I believe that Bible study is like exercise. If we’re not in spiritual shape, when we first start out it can seem like a chore. But as we get in shape, it turns into something we desire. It takes time to get in spiritual shape! What are some ways you’ve found to get into shape, so that you don’t do it just because your parents are making you?

          1. My mom and I were just talking about ways to incorporate Bible reading more into my daily routine. I’ve decided to start reading my Bible before bed instead of a secular book.

          1. These are all perfect points. Accountability is necessary, and so is a plan. It doesn’t need to be a strict plan, we don’t want it to be a chore…but we do need to know where we’re going in study, not just see where the Bible falls open! 2 Peter 1:10 tells us to be diligent about how we approach our salvation, not random!

          2. * come up with what you want to study and then make a chart of the chapters/topics you need to read each day
            * PTP365 ( I haven’t personally used this but have heard about it )
            * If you several different studies going on at a time make a weekly study chart for which study you want to do each day
            * In many bibles at the back there as a calendar for reading through your bible in a year
            * Kathy Pollard’s bible marking
            * set aside time each night for a family bible study
            * try to come up with a “devo” even if you don’t give it to anyone
            * the books God’s girl’s
            * Cindy Colley’s digging deep study ( you have to put a lot of time into it)
            * Helm publishers books

  2. one thing we sometimes do on the way to church services on Sunday mornings is we sing in the car. James 5:13

    Make time for daily bible study. Psalm 119:105

    1. I love that! I love to listen to recorded acapella worship music in the car, or while getting ready. It’s an excellent way to get your mind prepared.

      Bible study throughout the week, I believe, is essential to proper worship. How can we expect God to appreciate our worship if we’re not putting an effort into cultivating a relationship with him throughout the week? Great point.

  3. We need to put our whole heart into worship. Being in the church building isn’t enough. We should be there for one reason. To worship God. Not to worry about what we’re going to do after worship, not to pay attention to a person sitting on the other side of the building, not to think about how hungry we are. Our minds should be on God and nothing else.

    One thing that can help prepare you for worship is to prepare to give our full attention to God during worship. Listening to the words of the songs and thinking about what they mean is helpful also because so often I find myself singing the songs but not knowing what they’re even about. When I stop and listen to the words the song has a whole new meaning.

    Also, turning off the music and instead listing to an audio version of the Bible, or reading the Bible on the way to church can put you in the right mind set.

    Psalm 86:12, Psalm 51:6, John 4:24, Isaiah 29:13,

    1. Great thoughts and great verses! I’m glad you brought up the point about thinking about being hungry! It may sound silly at first, but I think it’s important to prepare physically for worship. We need to SLEEP the night before, go to bed early, and eat breakfast in the morning before worship. If we allow physical things to get in the way of spiritual, then we can’t be guarding our steps. What do you think about that?

      The songs we sing to the Lord are so important! Meditating on and understanding the words of our worship can stretch beyond the actual worship service? Why are some ways we can be familiar with the songs before we come into worship?

      1. One thing I like to do is choose a song for the day/week and use it as my personal Bible study. Going in depth with the song is really fun and it makes it more meaningful. Researching why the author wrote the songs is also enjoyable as it shows the reason the author wrote the song and what he//she was going through at the time.

  4. Preparing for worship makes me think of Psalm 122:1 – “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.'” – We should be joyfully looking forward to worshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ!

    1. Thank you for bringing up our brothers and sisters in Christ! Worship is something which we can do alone, but are commanded to do corporately (in association with others). What state should our relationships with others be in before we come to worship?

      1. I John 4:20 – “If anyone says ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar…”; John 13:35 – “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”; Heb. 10:25 – “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” – We should meet with our Christian family as often as we possibly can, because our love for them and our love for God compels us.

        1. Perfect verses! We need to know them and be with them as much as we can. We can’t fulfill the “one another” verses of Hebrews 10 without being with “another”.

    1. Great point. God reaches down to us with His scripture, and we reach up to Him in prayer. Relationships are a two way street <3

    1. Yes! Being eager about the scripture is so important. As humans though, we often find ourselves avoiding Bible study. Why do you think this is, and how we can we avoid this feeling?

      1. If you’re not having a relationship with God, you might feel as though it’s boring? Satan wants us to feel that way and make it seem like there are more important things to do, but there is nothing that can be more important than growing in the word.

        1. Yes, Satan certainly lies about our relationship with God, just like he did in Genesis 3. Ignoring Satan’s lies, and situating ourselves deeper into relationship with God is key. If we share time with Him even when we don’t feel like it, Satan moves further away! James 4:7

      2. As humans, we tend to look for what would be the easiest thing to do in life, and unfortunately that isn’t always reading the Bible. We may avoid reading the Bible because we find the Bible boring, or maybe because we want to watch a tv show instead. There are many things that stray us from taking time to read the Bible but its important to do our best and read it. Psalm 119:105, and Colossians 3:16

        1. Yes. Think of it like a healthy meal.

          We need (and WANT) well rounded and healthy meals. They are delicious, and nourishing to our bodies, and we couldn’t live without them. If we ate candy and deserts all of the time though, our bodies would trick us into thinking we didn’t need those meals. We’d “spoil our supper.”

          We often spoil our spiritual supper. Filling up on the junk of the world (even if it’s not specifically sinful), will pull us away from God, and trick us into thinking we don’t need Him.

  5. I think a good way to prepare is to pray for the right heart in worship, because sometimes we think “what can this do for me?” instead of “How can I give my best to God in worship?” and James 5: talks a lot about prayer. I’m having a little trouble finding another scripture atm…

    1. Your comment makes me think of one of my favorite verses Matthew 22:37 which talks about loving God with all our heart, soul and mind which certainly applies to the way we worship him and giving him our ALL.

        1. We must present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Not fashioned to this world but transformed by the renewing of our mind that we can prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    2. Yes! Perfect. Worship is about what we are giving to God. Look at what David says in 2 Samuel 24:24. Our worship should be costly for us. What should we give up to worship?

      1. We should give up extra activities when they overlap with Church, We need give our our full heart to Him in worship, and when. we put our money in the offering plate it should be because we want to. Not because we feel obligated to.

  6. We should focus our mind on spiritual things and meditate (ponder, consider, think) on his word and will for our life both
    day and night (all the time).

    1. Very good, Psalm 1 is the perfect scripture for this thought. What do we become like when we meditate on the scriptures, according to this passage?

      1. Like a tree planted by the streams of water that brings forth fruit in its season and whose leaf will not whither. We will be blessed for the Lord knows the way of the righteous!

  7. Well you cannot live however you want the whole week then expect to come in on Sunday morning and participate as a “holy” saint!
    We need to make sure you act like a Christian all the time! So we need to examine our life to make sure we can worship correctly!
    I also see a lot of people during worship who are not putting their hearts into their singing or not singing at all; we are commanded to follow the examples in the Bible and sing- Acts 16:25,Ephesians 5:19,Colossians 3:16,and Revelation 14:3
    We are also commanded to pray- Matthew 6:5-9, 9:38, Acts 8:22, Philippians 4:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:17
    We need to make sure we tale the Lords supper in a manner that is pleasing in the Lords sight- 1Corinthians 11:17-34
    We also need to be attentive during the sermon unlike Eutycus- Acts 20:9
    in conclusion we need to worship God correctly- John 4:24
    With the Love of the Lord,
    Isabella Mason

    1. Very good! You make so many good points, I’m not sure which ones to discuss. Let us key in on the Lord’s Supper for a moment.

      Where should our minds be during the Lord’s supper, according to 1 Corinthians 11, and how can we prepare for this throughout the week?

          1. Very good, and to do that we must be able to judge our bodies rightly. What do you think is involved in that?

          2. Hebrews 4:12 talks about how if we’re in the word, which is living and active, we are able to discern our thoughts and the intentions of our heart

          3. I hadn’t thought of that verse! The only way to keep from lying to ourselves is by exposing ourselves through the word of God. Look at James 1:19-25.

          4. the word is to be implanted in us! And we just can’t hear it, but we MUST do it. We must live it out. Verse 27 specifically says to visit the orphans and widows and to keep ourselves unspotted from the world

  8. What I was going to say earlier was that having the regular radio on or the DVD player in the back does NOT help us to focus our thoughts on Him. Psalm 119 gives a lot of verses on mediating on Him. Verse 15 says to fix our eyes on His ways

    1. Good! I make it a policy to never listen to secular music or entertainment right before before worship. Thanks for bringing that up!

    1. Hi Grace! I’m so glad you’re on tonight. The technical stuff takes a while to figure out, the first week we couldn’t even see what we were typing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Very good! When we think about His love for us, and what He has done, it makes us forget about anything else we may think is more important! Look at Hebrews 12:1-3.

  10. I hope everyone reads this comment! This is one of the most undetected ways in which we can ruin our worship. We must have the relationships with those around us right if we want to share in relationship with God. Look at 1 John 4:20-21.

  11. That’s ok! The key is the phrase LOOKING TO JESUS. Like you said, when we focus on Him, it puts everything else in it’s proper place.

    1. Yes ma’am! As we grow as Christians we should grow deeper into Him, just like roots grow into the ground (Col 7:2). This will mean that God is nothing something we force ourselves to think about occasionally, but something that flows from us naturally. The things you mentioned are the perfect foundation to growing into Him, thinking about Him at all of those times will draw us to Him so that it becomes natural. Great point! Also look at 1 These 5:17.

    1. It ends at 8:00 CST, but I will keep up with comments throughout the week if anyone has more to add. I don’t want to stop such great conversation!

    1. Thank you so much! I feel sometimes its hard to focus but when I think of these things it helps me focus I also say a prayer of thanks to help! ๐Ÿ™‚
      With the love of the Lord,
      Isabella Mason

  12. I SO enjoyed this tonight! We had a great turnout and many wise comments. Let us all resolve to start preparing NOW for our worship on Sunday morning, by cultivating our relationship with God, keeping our lives from sin, and thinking about the glory of God. If you need anything comment here, or email me at bekahcolley@gmail.com. I’ll keep up with comments as the week goes. Love you all and keep up your hard work!

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