THE SERVANT GENERAL
TIME OF WORSHIP
The book of Psalms is a prayer and hymn book for liturgical
worship, used by God’s chosen people, the Israelites.
When we look to worship, the psalms are a rich resource.
They are full of praise of God, exhortations to trust
and joy, and specific prayers for many specific needs.
The psalms certainly enrich our prayer and worship
life. They teach us about who God is, and how we can
properly relate to Him. The psalms are a school of
Today we take one
verse in one particular psalm (reading for September
8), which gives us the ingredients of what we encounter
in a typical time of worship in our household meetings.
trust in your faithfulness.
Grant my heart joy in your help,
That I may sing of the Lord,
‘How good our God has been to me!”
of our time of worship
I may sing of the Lord.” We start off with singing
songs of praise. We come into the Lord’s presence,
and give Him the praise and worship that is His due.
“How good our God has been to me!” Then
we have our prayers of thanksgiving. We acknowledge
all the blessings God has bestowed on us.
“I trust in your faithfulness. Grant my heart
joy in your help.” Then we have our prayers
of petition and intercession. We look to God’s
help in our problems and challenges in life.
The “process” of worship is a process
of building up one on the other.
It starts with our entering into the presence of God,
and acknowledging Him for who He is. He is our God
and our King. He is Lord of all. This is the proper
posture between the Creator and His creatures, between
the Savior and those whom He has redeemed, between
the Master and His servants. Thus we sing and we shout
out our praises.
Then we voice out how good is the God whom we worship.
We recall the many blessings we have received. We
have a posture of great gratitude, recognizing the
big and small miracles in our lives, and the continued
outpouring of God’s grace upon us.
Finally, recognizing God as the Almighty and powerful
One, recalling all His blessings upon us and His faithfulness
to us, we bring to Him our petitions. We seek His
continued help for all our needs.
attitudes in worship
During our time of worship, we must have the right
posture before God. We manifest great love for Him.
We have great gratitude in our hearts for how He has
blessed us. We humble ourselves in His awesome presence.
In this particular psalm, there are two other important
First there is trust. “I trust in your faithfulness.”
When we acknowledge God for who He is, we are saying
that we can trust Him. He is our Father. He is our
Savior. He is the One who loves us, who keeps us always
in the palm of His hands. He guides our steps. He
desires to bring us to eternal life with Him in heaven.
He is a faithful God.
Then there is joy. “Grant my heart joy in your
Having acknowledged God for who He is, knowing how
much He has been blessing us throughout our whole
lives, having assurance that He will provide for all
our needs and will always answer our prayers, this
cannot but bring us great joy. Our help is our God.
Now notice that the above speaks about our themes
for last year and this year. In 2008 we had the theme
of joy. In 2009 we have the theme of trust.
Coming out of our lamentations and being restored
to our authentic charism, now being in line with God’s
eternal plan for us all along, then we have joy in
Christ and we trust in Jesus.
These are two very important postures that we need
to have. The basics of course are faith, hope and
love. In addition, there is joy and trust. With joy
and trust, nothing can ever faze us. We need never
be afraid. We can move on confidently, knowing that
God loves us and that God desires to use us as His
Coming together in worship, whether as a household
or in a larger assembly, is a great event. It is all
about living out the faith that we have. It is about
connecting with a good and faithful God.
God is good, all the time. God is faithful, from generation
Because of that, we trust in Him, and our hearts are
filled with joy.
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