Ben Reaoch | Category: Christmas
The story of the shepherds illustrates this pattern. See Luke 2:8-20. God reveals Himself, and the response is that of praise and worship. This is significant in the way we think about worship in our personal lives and as we think about times of corporate worship. In order to truly worship, we need to be exposed to a revelation from God.
You shouldn’t define worship in terms of a certain genre of music. You shouldn’t define worship in terms of a particular location (like a church building). You shouldn’t define worship in terms of warm fuzzy feelings you have sometimes. Worship happens as a reflex in response to beholding and delighting in God’s greatness. The angels didn’t have to tell the shepherds to worship. The shepherds worshipped automatically as God graciously disclosed these things in their sight.
For us, we behold God primarily in His Word. This is where we have God’s special, saving revelation of Himself. He ordained that these things be written and preserved for us. So we have this immense privilege (don’t take it for granted) to be able to open a Bible and read the very words of God. Like the shepherds, we should respond in worship. As we behold the great things God has done, we should marvel, we should be amazed, at what God has done.
The way we put it in our church mission statement is that we exist to “delight in the beauty of God’s greatness.” I believe that’s what the shepherds were doing. They were delighting in the beauty of God’s greatness and the greatness of His plans as these things were being proclaimed to them.
The purpose of our church blog is to serve the overall mission of our church: to delight in the beauty of God's greatness,