Greatness and grandeur are in front of him;
strength and joy are in his place.
Give to the Lord, all families of the nations
—give to the Lord glory and power!
Give to the Lord the glory due his name! Bring gifts!
Enter his presence! Bow down to the Lord in holy splendor!
(1 Chronicles 16:27-29)
Worship is not so much a matter of willpower as it is the realization of wonder. If you struggle in your desire to worship, it may be because you have yet to grasp God’s love as revealed in Jesus Christ.
According to the passage of Scripture above, the glory we ascribe to God is not something that we conjure in our imaginations; it is something that is deserved. It is God’s “due.” What might this mean?
The church proclaims Christ through the gospel—the announcement of forgiveness through his death upon the cross. This forgiveness is available to anyone by faith, regardless of age, race, economic status, or any other classification that divides us. But this “due” is something we can never fully repay, for the magnitude of the gift is infinite in scope. Therefore, our wonderment expressed in worship should never cease, for the gospel will always contain some hidden dimension that we can newly ponder and appreciate.
Christ is the rightful object of your desires. Christ is “just what you’ve always been wanting.” Look upon him. Let him stir your soul.
Holy and Blessed Father, you are worthy of all glory and praise. Amen.