For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
When we gather for worship, our goal is to direct our focus on God in such a way that He becomes the center of our attention.
Sometimes we are in church, without really ‘being’ in church. Our bottom is in the pew, the worship bulletin is in our hand, but our hearts and our minds are far from God.
When our minds are filled with the worries of the world, it’s hard to be present to God during worship.
When our hearts are broken it’s difficult to engage with God with our affections.
Sometimes it’s not until that moment when we experience God, “High and lifted up” as Isaiah did, that our worries start to dissipate and the heaviness of our hearts starts to heal.
There are so many things that compete for our attention. But keeping God in focus through worship helps to put everything in its proper perspective.
As we acknowledge God’s Grace, Glory and Greatness, our acts of worship flow from us naturally. Let’s stay focussed on God and learn to say with King David:
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”