Musings of a Servant

Archie Miller, D.Min.




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The Pleasure of Worship

The Pandemic has helped me to reflect on what we are doing on our Lord’s Day’s assemblies.  The Apostle Paul commands us in Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB) 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.   That is a command.  Encouraging one another to assemble together does present some difficulties.  The reality is that some are fearful of assembling together out of fear; and, yes, justifiable fear.  For that reason, I’m thankful we have a transmitter which broadcasts for a thousand yards around Orcutt Christian Church, and we can safely, securely, comfortably sit in our cars and worship together.

While not ideal, it is at least a partial solution to assembling together for the pleasure of worship.  Does it not cause you to rethink what you believe about worship, and what you expect in a worship experience?  I think Alexander Campbell thought long and hard just what would be the pleasures of worship, for he says "Next to the beatific vision of God in his own glorious heaven, there is nothing on earth to compare with the pleasures of a soul-absorbing protracted interview in prayer with God; or in the celebration of the Lord’s supper in the solemn silence of a sincerely pious and well informed Christian community, while in abstract devotion all unite, each in his own bosom, in adoring him who so loved us, 'dead in trespasses and sins,' as to send his Son, his on]y begotten and dearly beloved Son, to expiate our sins and to redeem us to himself by the sacrifice of himself, symbolized and set forth in this hallowed institution. Assuredly one such interview in God’s own house is worth a thousand with the sons of men in the affairs of earth and time." [Millennial Harbinger, 1849. p10].

What this means is that for us to gain the pleasures of worship we must prepare ourselves.  Worship doesn’t come naturally to we sinful human beings, and the apostle says we appeal to God for a good conscience - 1 Peter 3:21.  With open hearts, and with conscious decision, we choose to come into the presence of The Almighty, the One and Only God.  That’s an awesome thought; and we choose to engage Him in singing, in prayer, in preaching, in the Lord’s Supper, and in our financial contributions.  These five acts of worship are biblical and ought not be changed.

If Mayor Alice Patino requested an audience with me at 10:15 on Monday morning, I definitely would prepare myself.  I would be dressed appropriately, and arrive early, and then be attentive while in her presence.

Does that not imply when I come into the presence of the Almighty, that I come with repentance.  We need to prepare our hearts and minds for worship instead of  rushing in at the last minute (or ten minutes late).  Our worship service is planned for an orderly, dignified, time of singing, praying, and preaching the Gospel of Good News.  Our Drive-In worship is prayerfully planned to bring us into God’s presence to experience the Pleasure of Worship  

Will you worship with us?

February 2022