Sometimes it isn’t just about how we worship when we get to church, but how we prepare for worship on the way to church. Many times Sunday morning can be its own struggle, and the enemy can fight hard, especially in a family. But if we can get our heart and mind in a worshipful place before we arrive at the gathering of believers, it can help us reach God’s throne more quickly and with better focus.
In the olden days, the people of Israel would sing songs on their way up to worship in the holy city, Jerusalem. These were called ‘songs of ascent’ because they were sung as people ascended the mount. These psalms prepared the heart and mind to see and experience the glory of God by putting a right perspective on life. One such song of ascent was…
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.” (Psalm 121)
We don’t know the tune for the psalm, but if you will speak those words out loud this morning as you prepare to enter the sanctuary of the congregation, it will bring peace to your mind and hope to your heart that this same God who works in your affairs throughout the week will meet with you in a special way this morning.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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