Worship Preparation: Prepare to meet thy GOD!

12 04 2008

(by: jt)

The discipline of soul-preparation for corporate worship is an all too uncommon practice in our day. Many times we stroll into the corporate gathering of believers on Sunday no differently than we would to a movie theater on Thursday.

Yet, the gathered people of God have a magnetic attraction for the very presence of Christ. I suppose if we should we be reliably notified that tomorrow morning we will be entering heaven itself, we would be more considerate of our preparations to meet God?

So why not prepare just as amply to meet Him here and now? The benefits of a ready-soul to feast on the truth of God’s Word, exult in Him through song, and clamor close to Him with other believers through prayer are abundantly worthy of ample soul-preparation.

I don’t recall hearing anyone express disappointment that they readied their heart to worship the Lord. How many times, though, have people missed the joys of fellowship with God because they were unwilling to cultivate appropriate readiness?

I am not suggesting that God does not sometimes draw near to an unready people. But the truth is also clear that He delights to heal the land of those who are called by His name, humbly prayerful, seeking His face, and repentant of sin.

A pastoral appeal:

Grace Church, tomorrow is Sunday. Lord willing, Pastor Nathan will be concluding a three-part series on ‘The New Birth.’

Prepare to meet thy God.

Maybe Rutherford’s words will assist to appropriately stir your affections and build anticipation for the corporate worship of our LORD? Looking forward to worshiping our risen Christ with you all tomorrow!

The Sands of Time Are Sinking

1. The sands of time are sinking,
The dawn of heaven breaks;
The summer morn I’ve sighed for –
The fair, sweet morn awakes:
Dark, dark had been the midnight
But dayspring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel’s land.

2. The king there in His beauty,
Without a veil is seen:
It were a well-spent journey,
Though seven deaths lay between:
The Lamb with His fair army,
Doth on Mount Zion stand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel’s land

3. O Christ, He is the fountain,
The deep, sweet well of love!
The streams on earth I’ve tasted
More deep I’ll drink above:
There to an ocean fullness
His mercy doth expand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel’s land.

4. The bride eyes not her garment,
But her dear Bridegroom’s face;
I will not gaze at glory
But on my King of grace.
Not at the crown He giveth
But on His pierced hand;
The Lamb is all the glory
Of Emmanuel’s land.

5. O I am my Beloved’s
And my Beloved is mine!
He brings a poor vile sinner
Into His house of wine
I stand upon His merit –
I know no other stand,
Not e’en where glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel’s land.

©2001 Phillip Palmertree Music.

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