Earlier this summer, I was unable to attend Sunday worship in person, but live-stream transmission brought the joy of corporate worship into our living room. It was wonderful to sing hymns and worship songs, pray, and participate in great Bible study at home when I couldn’t be present in person. Thank you, everyone, whose work makes this available.
One aspect of live transmission, which I did not anticipate enjoying, was seeing the camera panorama of all the people in the worship center, namely worshipers, choir, and orchestra. The thought crossed my mind: I am at home, yet all these people prioritized going; they got up, dressed, travelled here, and gave up doing something else in order to be present for worship.
When we worship together, whether live or via transmission, we are affirming that God and truths about His character are worth celebrating. As my eyes followed the camera, it was apparent these worshipers were not “neglecting to meet together” (Heb. 10:25). We have made worship a priority, and this involves some cost of our time in return for the privilege of expressing gratitude for the greatness and awesome power of God. When we do this, other influences, though valued by culture, shrink by comparison.
In considering the cost of worship, I am reminded of a situation involving King David in 2 Samuel 24:24 where he affirms the value of the cost of worship. Because of his sin of counting the soldiers, God required David to pay for his sin by offering a sacrifice on Araunah’s threshing floor. Araunah offers to give the floor and everything required for the sacrifice to David at no charge, but David refuses this offer, saying, “I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24.)
The ”cost” to us, in terms of giving time to corporate worship, seems small as we focus on our great God. “Come, let us worship and bow down . . . before the Lord . . . .” (Psalm 95:6)
Lynette Flick is Dave’s wife of 49 years, mom of three adult children, and Gma of six. She enjoys participation in The Chapel’s worship ministry and Women’s Ministry’s Bible studies.
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