Monday, May 25, 2009

Open up the door

We were singing a tune from Ps. 24 a few weeks ago...where the Psalmist says "be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of Glory may come in." What does it really mean to open up the door so that the Lord can enter? This is what came to my mind...We want to create an atmosphere that is inviting to the Lord, because without the presence of the Lord, I explained, we are nothing more than a social club. I explained that a key ingredient for an authentic corporate worship gathering requires us entering the place with a right attitude. I believe that attitude includes thankfulness, praise (Ps. 100) and an expectancy of what the Lord is going to do. While it is our personal responsibility to show up on time and in the right frame of mind to help usher in the presence of the Lord in our gatherings, we, as leaders, must remember that the younger crowd probably stayed out way too late the night before, parents have struggled getting their kids there, and somebody probably had car trouble. It is our responsibility, as leaders, to direct the attention towards the goodness of the Lord and why we rolled out of bed, got the kids ready, and fixed the flat tire to get there.

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