Thinking about God is the best way to prepare for the worship of God.
I was doing a Bible Study with the kids this evening and this evening’s study focused on growing in the knowledge of God. One of the questions that we asked was, “How do you get to know someone better?” The ovious answer is, “By spending time with them and talking with them.”
This is what meditation on the character of God does for us. We read in Scripture who God is and what He is like, then we take time to think about this description of God. Take for instance the simple statement, “God is Spirit.” (John 4:24) Spending time thinking about that statement is spending time with God. Then, take the statement and turn it into a prayer to God. I prayed a prayer like this yesterday at church, “Our Father, whom we have never seen, we love You because You see us and set Your love on us…” This is talking with God. You can also see the influence of other parts of Scripture which tell of God in my prayer. This is what should happen the more we read God’s Word. When we read that “God is Spirit”, other verses like, 1 Timothy 1:17, 6:15-16, 1 John 4:19, and 1 Peter 1:8 should come to mind and inform what we are reading about God in that statement. Then, we have heard what He says about Himself, and we have returned the conversation to Him in prayer, which itself has become worship.
So, if you want to enhance your worship and be prepared to worship on Sunday with other believers, take time this week to think about the character of God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture, pray to Him, and then our worship will be, “In spirit and in truth.”