Worship Has a Purpose

Hello, H1 Family!
Recently, we’ve sung a new song at church about coming into a holy moment with Jesus.  The song is called Holy Moment, and the chorus lyrics are here:
For your honor and fame
Fall again in this place
Fill us up as we overflow with praise
One of the reasons I love singing this song with you is that the chorus declares one of our life purposes.  Isaiah 26: 8 tells us that our deepest soul’s desire is to bring honor to the Lord’s name and to bring him renown.  Read it here in the NIV translation:   “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” 
It is part of who we are to want to bring fame to the name of Jesus!  It’s coded in us, and written on our hearts.  One of the ways that we can bring honor to the Lord is to sing about who He is, and celebrate Him corporately, stirring each other on to participate in actively praising our King.  Another part of our song says it so well:
Look and see the Glory of our God
Lift your voice to heaven
Jesus is our anthem
Celebrate the wonder of His love
When we sing together in praise to Jesus, we are not only bringing him honor in a unified way.. we are also fulfilling the Biblical instruction to greet each other in songs and hymns.  Ephesians 5:18b-19 says, “Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”
I want to encourage you to continue worshipping the Lord in your private time and spaces, and also to put great value on your participation in worship with the church family.  Worshipping Him is one way to define the call that all of us have on our lives.  He is worthy of the adoration we give Him individually and as a body.  I look forward to sharing the next holy moment with you.
See you soon!  Let’s sing about who the Lord is and offer our adoration to Him together.  It is a good thing to dwell in the House of the Lord together.
P.S.  If you need some starting fuel for your worship at home, try reading your favorite chapter in the Bible and praying about how God has shown Himself to be the person He’s promised to be.  Sing your response to Him, after you think about how He’s revealed Himself to you in a way that you recognized.  Worship always starts with seeing Jesus.  It is our heart’s response to His revelation of Himself to us in big and little ways.  We are wired to do it.