THE SERVANT GENERAL
As the people of God, we come together in communal
worship. This is something that is very much a part
of our community life. We almost always start our
meetings, assemblies and conferences with worship.
Many times our worship sets the tone for the rest
of the meeting. And rightly so. God called us, He
brought us together, He sends us forth, He is in the
midst of His people, and so we start by acknowledging
Him for who He is, our God and King. Thus we worship.
worship is not only what we “do” for God.
It is also what He does for us. Consider what David
said in one of his psalms.
“My soul shall savor the rich banquet of praise,
with joyous lips my mouth shall honor you!”
David describes worship as a “rich banquet.”
This is very significant.
What is a banquet?
A banquet is a great feast. It is a filling and fulfilling
occasion. It is characterized by celebration and great
banquet suggests lots of food and merriment. You can
have your fill. Indeed you have to watch it because
you are being tempted to overeat.
banquet is usually given by a person of importance,
who invites those who are important to him. A banquet
is often extravagant, showcasing the stature and means
of the one giving it, and it accords great honor to
those who are deserving of an invitation.
Now God invites us to a rich banquet, to a great feast,
whenever we worship.
host is the Lord Himself. Being the King of kings,
He is the greatest of all. Owning the whole universe,
He is the richest of all. Being God, it is our great
honor to be invited into His presence.
happens during worship? We enter into God’s
holy presence, and He pours out His bountiful graces
upon us. “Happy the chosen ones you bring to
dwell in your courts. May we be filled with the good
things of your house, the blessings of your holy temple!”
we worship, God leads us to a veritable smorgasbord
of blessings, and showers us with all good things
a deeper faith, wisdom, consolation, strength,
healing, reconciliation, forgiveness, transformation
in Christ, perseverance, faithfulness, holiness. It
is all there for the taking. God fills our hearts,
raises our spirits and touches the very depths of
our souls. God enriches our spiritual lives.
is particularly significant because we come from outside,
from a world that is in darkness, from the poverty
of our own souls. We are thirsty and hungry. “For
you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, like
a land parched, lifeless, and without water.”
(Ps 63:2). We have been crawling, greatly weakened,
through the desert, and now we have come to the oasis.
Suddenly we are faced with the richest and choicest
foods, and with the finest wines. We have arrived
at the feast.
when we have had our fill and the banquet is over,
God is not done. He gives each one a doggie bag so
that we can take out and take home more of the goodies.
He continues to fill us so that we can become holy.
He equips us for the work that we are to do in the
If an important person invited you to a banquet, how
would you react? You would be greatly honored and
you would look forward to it, perhaps thinking of
nothing else in the meantime.
God Himself invites us. We are His honored guests,
being His beloved people. He lays out the banquet
table, filling it will all good things of His house.
must realize what God is doing, and what a great honor
and privilege it is for mere mortals such as us to
be ushered into the presence of the Almighty. We must
be filled with great joy. We must look forward to
the occasion with anticipation and eagerness and awe.
We must exclaim in our hearts: “O God, you are
my God – for you I long!” (Ps 63:2a).
we must prepare ourselves. We must be properly attired
with reverence and humility, with great respect
for our Lord, with full expectation of what we are
to receive at His hands. One important thing: do not
be late. Do not dishonor the Host by arriving when
He is already seated at the head table. Do not risk
the doors of the banquet hall being closed on you.
The banquet of praise
How do we partake of this banquet of praise? In a
banquet we put food into our mouths to satisfy ourselves.
In worship we use our mouths to praise God, to satisfy
Him by giving Him the honor and glory that is His
due. “My lips offer you worship! …. with
joyous lips my mouth shall honor you!” (Ps 63:4b,6b).
It is not about what goes into our mouths, but what
goes out from our mouths. And what comes from our
mouths ought to reflect what is in our hearts. “For
from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”
(Mt 12:34b). The gratitude and great joy that fills
our hearts pour forth from our mouths in exultant
our focus is not on the goodies we can get from God,
but is just on God Himself. But we know that as we
focus on God and worship Him, God will bountifully
pour out His graces and blessings upon us. We worship
in order to honor God, but in worship we have come
into a rich banquet, and God will not fail in filling
The love of God
God invites us to His banquet out of His great love
for us, so that He can bless us and fill us with good
things. We enter with our souls thirsty and our lives
parched, but in the banquet we are filled, and we
begin to experience life in its abundance. But what
really is the treasure of the banquet, the piece de
resistance, is the very love of God. The banquet is
all about God’s love for us.
come into the banquet dead or dying in the world,
we are revived in the banquet and receive life, but
more than life itself, we experience the great love
of God for us. “For your love is better than
life” (Ps 63:4a). It is a movement from death
to life to the very love of God. It just gets better
Let us worship
It is a great blessing for us that God allows us in
His holy presence to give Him praise and worship.
It is something that we must greatly desire to do,
realizing what a great privilege it truly is.
here is a secret: it is not only you who looks forward
to the rich banquet. It is God Himself who is more
eager to see you, and expectantly awaits your presence.
let us worship, with our whole beingwith mind
and heart, with body and soul. Let us partake fully
of the spiritual food that is laid out at God’s
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