At ‘The Gathering’ this month we chatted about worship as a spiritual discipline.
Maybe start by thinking about what worship means and looks like to you...
One of the things we talked about was ‘expectancy’, and how we approach any kind of worship (not just singing on a Sunday!).
Richard Foster says, “A striking feature of worship in the Bible is that people gathered in what we could only call a ‘holy expectancy’.”
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31
“As those early believers gathered they were keenly aware that the veil had been ripped in two... They gathered with anticipation, knowing that Christ was present among them and would teach them and touch them with His living power.”
Have a think about how we might cultivate this attitude holy expectancy.
What might that look like for you in day to day life?
If we really believe that Jesus is alive and present among His people, what practical difference would that make to our approach to worship?
Sometimes it’s good to get a bit practical! Here are some ideas that might help in the experience of worship...
1. Learn to practice the presence of God daily – the ‘gathered’ experience of worship will become a continuation of what you’ve been trying to do all week long.
2. Try lots of different experiences of worship.
3. Prepare yourself for gathered worship.
4. Submit to God and what He might want to do, in His way.
5. Be dependent on God.
6. Relax within any distractions, be thankful for them!
7. Learn to offer a ‘sacrifice’ of worship – even when you don’t feel like it.
Are any of the above particularly needed, helpful or difficult for you?
Maybe pick one or two of these and try and do them with God this week.
Let us know your thoughts!