Worship With Emotion and Heart

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 84:1-12

People go to church for various reasons. Some go because they are forced to go by parents or spouse. Some go out of habit. Some go because Grandpa will be looking to see if they are there. Some go to help their business.

The Psalmist went because he loved it! “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (v. 2).

The last line above gives the reason for the Psalmist’s enthusiasm for worship. He met God there. We have progressed from the time when the first part of the service in my church was called “preliminaries,” intended primarily to set the stage for the sermon.

We do not come to church to listen to a man, we come to meet God. If the sermon happens to be good, that’s a bonus. In song, Bible reading and prayer we commune with God. We speak to him and adore him.

Since I am a preacher I emphasize solid biblical preaching. When that takes place, the living God speaks to us. That is worship.

Pastors, preach biblically. My professor of preaching urged, “Ring the changes on the great themes of the Bible.” Fellow believer, give God your heart.


Father, cause us to enjoy going to church because we meet you and commune with you there. In Jesus’ name. Amen.