“So bow to him in deep reverence, one and all! If you’re wise, you’ll most certainly worship him.” Job 37:24
Today I worshiped at the largest Baptist church in Florida—First Orlando Baptist Church–with a membership of over 14,000 people. I’ve never heard a choir with hundreds of members singing with orchestra accompaniment. Awesome—that’s the best word to describe the music and worship service and what a treasure to be among the congregation.
The pastor, Dr. David Uth, preached on Hebrews 11:8-16 and Genes 12:1-4, the story of Abraham and how he obeyed God’s call. You know the story, God promised Abraham he would be the father of a great nation. In return, Abraham did everything God told him to do. To remind him of who God is, he built an altar to worship him.
We worship God not because of the good things God provides, but because it is our way to keep our eyes on God, not on our own desires. Pastor Uth said, “And, worship is a place to hear God better.” He reminded us that when we are called to serve God, we need to keep our eyes directly on him and not to doubt our worthiness, to trust that even though we have no idea where we are going to make faith a verb and do something—move toward God.
Lord, when we worship you alone or with thousands, help us hear your message and go forward in faith. Amen.