Sunday 1 September, 2019
The joy of worship
“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD’” (Psalm 122:1)
There is a peculiar quest in King David which ought to be every believer’s quest: to be in the house of the LORD (Ps. 122:1). In this context, being in the house of LORD or in the presence of the LORD is synonymous to the worship of God—fellowship with the LORD Almighty. In another Psalm of the sons of Korah, they equally write of a similar quest; ‘My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God” (Psalm 42:2). And, somewhere, David writes that he better be a gatekeeper in the house of the LORD than elsewhere.
Both David and the sons of Korah quest for being in the presence of God because they knew the joy that comes with worshipping God. The joy that comes with crediting worth or worthiness to God is far surpassing than the joy we can ever find from anywhere. It is even more joyous when we meet in a corporate worship.
David Mathias writing about the benefits of corporate worship states that ‘we are not made to stand solo with no fellows.’ He continues to write that ‘The secret of joy in corporate worship is not only self-forgetting, preoccupation with Jesus and his glory—but also the happy awareness that we are not alone in having our souls satisfied in him.”
Worship is a divine mandate to all creation; it is in fact the subject of our Christian calling. When we dedicate ourselves to worship God in both personal devotions and corporate worship, we do not only ascribe worthiness to God but our worship touches the heart of God to interest him in all our situations.
‘When we lift our hands in praise and worship, we break spiritual jars of perfume over Jesus. The fragrance of our praise fills the whole earth and touches the heart of God’ (Ignatius Denis).
Prayer: Help me dear LORD Jesus Christ to dedicatedly worship you day to day and be filled by the joy of worshipping you. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile in Uganda. He serves as a chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School and he is the Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. If this devotion has edified you, kindly share it on your social media sites. I also commend that you subscribe to this site to receive daily devotions.