“But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble
and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.”
In this verse we learn about the kind of worshippers that God is looking for.
- He is looking for people who have been humbled by God’s greatness, majesty, holiness, wisdom, power, knowledge and sheer awesomeness.
- He is looking for people who as they dwell upon their sinfulness see themselves as helpless and unable to save themselves. People who kneel before the cross and say “Hallelujah! What a Saviour!”
- He is looking for people who out of a great love for Jesus and with hearts full of thankfulness are eager to hear God speak and have a great desire to obey Him.
How then does our Sunday services encourage worshippers like this?
As I prepare to lead I have three words in my mind: GOD, GOSPEL, WORD.
The first part of the service I want to encourage people to lift their eyes to GOD – through readings, reflections, songs, prayers that focus on God’s character and God’s actions.
The next part of the service I want people to be reminded of the GOSPEL. There are two aspects to this. The first is for them to dwell on their sinfulness, their need for a Saviour, and then the finished work of Christ – through songs, prayers of confession and thanks, readings. The second is for them to be reminded that they are part of God’s family with God as their Father – through the notices, pastoral prayer, children’s talk.
The final part of the service which the first two parts will hopefully prepare people for is where we hear read and preached God’s WORD.