Private Worship, Part 5

Christian Living, Worship

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

5. Purpose

Remind yourself each day of the need for growth in godliness. The heart will frequently be tempted to not spend the time that is necessary for private worship to be profitable. Therefore, you need a constant reminder. You should seek to enter into private worship with a desire to have joy-filled communion with God, knowing that you will be blessed in each encounter with Him.

6. Preparation

There are several useful things that can be done to prepare the heart for worship. One way is to begin by praying from the Psalms. Here are 4 that I use daily:

“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” (Psalm 119:36).

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18).

“Unite my heart to fear your name” (Psalm 86:11b).

“Satisfy [me] in the morning with your steadfast love, that [I] may rejoice and be glad all [my] days” (Psalm 90:14).

These verses are very helpful prayers to get my heart and mind in focus.

Try beginning your Scripture reading in the Psalms and meditate on the words. Psalms have an uncanny way of calling the heart to worship. Utilize God’s Word to help you rejoice in the glory of God.

It may also be helpful to utilize a prayer book like The Valley of Vision to prepare for private worship. Read and meditate on one prayer each day and allow the puritans to speak for you in marvelous ways!

(By: Nick Kennicott)

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