Private worship is hard work. It is vitally important to press on through the difficulty as you fight for joy in Christ. There will be days that you wake up, not wanting to spend time in the Word of God and prayer. These are the times when it is most important to persevere, and do it anyway. The great discovery that is often made in times of perseverance is that the Lord is always faithful to reveal Himself to those who take to the battle against the flesh, and resolve to meet with Him. These are the blessings that cause one to press on.
Private worship is a rewarding discipline that takes time to develop. It is important to not get discouraged. There will be difficult days of which the Lord will use to build your faith and trust in Him. Pray for sustaining grace and remember that intimacy with the Lord does not function like a microwave. Sanctification is a lifelong process in which nothing happens overnight. Trust the Lord’s timing and don’t give up. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7).
Enduring to the End, For Your Joy
Worship God and be filled with the deep satisfaction that He is lavishing upon you the greatest gift you will ever receive, namely Himself. Worship is for your joy, because rightly placed joy is the greatest means available to glorify God, thus achieving our chief end. Endure in private worship, and you will most assuredly experience a joy-filled life.
There is a lovely story about a father and his newly converted son. “Dad I’m scared of something” said the young boy. “Tell me what it is son and we can pray about it together.” “Well,” he stammered, struggling to put his feelings into words, “I’m scared I might slip away from God.” His father smiled, stretched out his hand, and told his son to put his hand inside, then he clenched it in a grip. “Try and pull away from me” he said. Try as he might, the young boy could not release himself from his father’s grip. “My grip is stronger than yours,” said the father, “and God’s hold of you, is firmer than your hold of God!”
When we experience difficulties with our [private worship], we can persist in the confidence that God has a firmer hold on us than we have of Him. The Old Testament tells us that God loved us with “an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). In the New Testament, Paul says “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8), and Jude tells us that our responsibility is to keep ourselves “in the love of God” (Jude 21). When the going gets tough, and the Christian life gets dry, we can encourage ourselves with the realisation [sic] that God loves us, and is more eager to meet with us than we are to meet with Him. What an incentive to set aside part of the day for the worship of God, for the reading of the Word of God and for fellowship with God!”