“No matter what kind of week you’ve had, God may be pleased to turn it all around on any given Sunday” (www.desiringgod.org)
Even in the fog of the week and the turmoils and struggles of trying our own strength and abilities the Sun shall shine on Sunday. Let us be reminded that He will turn it all around. But, we must…
1. Come to the River
Corporate worship may be the single most important means of God’s grace in the Christian life because it brings together three essential principles (three – the number of completion, will be further discussed in another post): hearing his voice (in his word), having his ear (in prayer), and belonging to his body (in the fellowship of the church).
There’s a great invitation of corporate worship in Isaiah 55.
Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live. (Isaiah 55:1–3)
2. Come Thirsty
Imagine it’s a blazing hot day in July and you’ve been outside without the presence of any water and your throat is drying up, tonsils giving out and then you make your way to a well. You take a large sip out of desperation to quench this thirst. This is the way in which God wants us to come to him. Thirsty. Only he can quench our thirst, eternally. Jesus is the true bread who came down from heaven (John 6:50,58), and he is the true drink (John 6:55), the only drink who will satisfy our thirsty soul forever.
In corporate worship we taste together his soul satisfying drink. This does not mean every Sunday is amazing. There are many distractions, energetic children in the pew, off-key singers in our ear, and unfinished work at home to distract us from the sweetness of singing praises together.
3. Come Empty-Handed
Have you ever gone to a banquet hall and come ready with an empty stomach ready to receive? I don’t blame so of you, banquets are expensive and you’re trying to get your dollars worth.
We must not only bring an empty stomach, but also empty hands. The great invitation of his grace is to the one “who has no money.” We need not bring anything but emptiness so that he can fill us.
4. Come Ready
When you clothe yourself on a Sunday morning, clothe yourself in his riches and mercy. Prepare yourself to engage our wills to prime our hearts for the joys of collective adoration.
5. Come as You Are
“Your sluggishness and lethargy are no reason to stay away from his waterfall of grace. No matter how far away from the Father you feel, there is perhaps nothing you need more this weekend, this Sunday than his bounty in corporate worship.” (@davidcmathis)