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by Dalton Key
for the week of June 16, 2019

One man hurried from the worship services complaining to the preacher that he had gotten nothing out of the worship.  The preacher remarked that the man would have gotten more OUT if he had put more IN.
The preacher was right.  We get out of worship about what we put in.  If we attend church services for no reason other than habit or a sense of grudging duty; if we refuse to participate in singing and praying from the heart; if we choose a short nap over spiritual instruction – yes, if we merely “show up” to “warm a pew,” we should expect to leave the building with nothing by way of Christian enrichment.  After all, we put nothing in!  It is possible to attend the service and entirely miss the worship.
But one thing more.  What is the primary purpose behind worship?  Isn’t it the praise and adoration of Almighty God?  Isn’t “worship” inherently “worth-ship,” in which we, as creatures, declare the worth and glory of the Creator?  If this is true, our emphasis should not be directed at self, but at God.
Jesus taught, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”  (Matthew 4:10.)  And again, “God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.”  (John 4:24.)
The question is not “what am I getting out of worship,” but “what am I putting into worship.”  But it is true, nonetheless – we get out about what we put in.