February 5, 2023 • Psalm 95

Worship is truly the pulse of your spiritual life.

If your faith is living and active, then you will be worshipping; if your faith is dead or dying, then you will not be worshipping. Worship is the most public thing that you do as a Christian; it signals and sets you apart as a believer in Christ. God’s people gather with other believers to Worship the Lord!

Unlike most evangelicals and Protestants, we do not understand worship as primarily our act towards God. Worship is not a pep rally that tries to build up your emotions and your sense of closeness to God.

Rather it’s exactly the opposite.

In worship God is serving us. In worship, we are poor sinful beggars asking God for mercy, grace, and help. God comes to us through His Word and Sacraments to forgive sins, strengthen faith, and give eternal life. We even called this a “Divine Service” because God is serving us through His Word and Sacraments.

In response to all of this, then we act. Then we are involved in responding to God’s grace and mercy with our songs, prayers, tithes, offerings, fellowship, and loving service to others.

In worship, God is here for you, at work in Word and Sacrament to forgive your sins, give you peace, and strengthen your faith!

Come and worship the Lord! Come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song! For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods! Amen!

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