Message From Scott | July 20, 2018

In one of his books, George Barna, a leading church growth consultant, tells about two men in their mid-thirties who find themselves one Sunday morning on a country club golf course. He describes them as “born-again Christians who have eliminated church life from their busy schedules.” Instead of attending church, they worship, as they put it, at the “Church on the Green.”
 
According to Barna, within the next several years more and more people will follow the lead of those Sunday-morning golfers and opt out of church attendance. A recent church periodical stated that “from high school graduation to age 25, there is a 42 percent drop in weekly church attendance.”

Whatever the reason, eliminating public worship from our lives will prove to be a great loss. All throughout history, whether at an altar, in a synagogue, in the temple, or in their own homes, God’s people gathered together to worship the Lord.

God himself calls us to worship. Our busy lives demand it. The church is called to provide opportunities for people to come together to praise God, be renewed, and be challenged to live out their faith in everyday living. Taking the time to worship benefits our marriages, strengthens our families, and empowers all our relationships.

Psalm 100                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Worship is not complicated. It’s not a list of things that we need to do or places we need to go. It’s as simple as turning our thoughts to God.   In Psalm 100, David is simply reciting facts about God and these facts lead to wonder. It should fill our hearts with joy! We are to make a joyful NOISE because of who God is! As a Christian we have many things to make a joyful noise about.  Take a moment today and think about God’s goodness to you. Think about Jesus hanging on the cross for you. Think about all the mighty things He has done in your life.  When you begin thinking about these things you won’t be able to contain it and you will begin worshipping God! Make a joyful noise unto the Lord…worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with singing. Lift your praise to the one who is worthy of all praise. Make sure worship is on your agenda today!