The Jewish priests were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. (1 Chronicles 23:30)
Recently, reading through the book of 1 Chronicles in my daily Bible time, I encountered descriptions of various worship services and rituals. It used to be that I’d read that old stuff and say it was not too meaningful —- after all, now we have Jesus.
But this time through, I felt a sense of awe reading these descriptions that I haven’t had before. For these worshipers knew that the almighty God of the universe was present as they gave thanks and praise; this was far from being only a meaningless ritual for them !
And from our Christian perspective, as we look backwards at this Chronicles worship, we see that these services were previews and tastes of what we would experience with Jesus Christ.
Today, we hear so much about Jesus being our friend, which is fine since he does walk with us as friend and brother.
But I want to ask :
Do we also experience Jesus as the almighty awesome God when we worship him ?
When we do, that has a real implication for our daily lives. We experience Jesus as more than just our day-to-day buddy. We begin to get a taste of eternity in our worship. This taste of eternity reaches down to affect how we live during the day…the stuff that gets me riled up with petty feelings of annoyance somehow begins to seem less important.
Jesus is my friend but at the same time he is almighty awesome God. The more I enter into worshiping this Lord who is closer than a brother but also far above my daily life, the more what I think, feel, and do in my daily life begins to change .