The Privilege of Worship
A meeting with the president of a country or CEO of a big corporate would be a big deal for most people.
On such occasions, the individuals involved would be at their best appearance and behaviour.
Not many of us would ever have an opportunity to meet the No. 1 person of our country or company. But those who do know better than take it for granted.
No sane person would look down on a life-changing personal encounter with power and influence.
How to play with the stars
There was a man who knew how to maximise the opportunity of being in the presence of dignitaries, royals, and other powerful people.
He was a shepherd boy who became king. A former royal musician. His father in-law was a king. He had been a celebrity soldier himself. At one point, the prince and heir to the throne was his best friend.
Towards the end of his life, he was both king and kingmaker.
David was a first-class royal, celebrity, superstar, and influencer.
If David lived in our generation, he would have been a leader with a massive global following. David's social media followership would have been in the hundreds of millions.
If we can learn something from David, it would be how to recognise God as the ultimate royal.
David is a model of how mortals should lay down their fading crowns in the presence of the eternal God.
In 1 Chron. 39:10-15, David made an open declaration of God's power, glory, and majesty.
David taught us that as the king of Israel, he had another king over him - the King of all Kings.
David was not ashamed of being labelled "weird" by publicly acknowledging and worshipping the real King.
Worship is a recognition of the privilege of being in the presence of someone greater and obviously more powerful than you.
David was an unapologetic worshipper of God. He knew he was a king made by God. He revered the presence of God because he knew that he might have been king of Israel, but power and glory belong to God. Even the kingdom belonged to God.
David knew that he was God's trustee. Whatever authority he had as king was God's discretion. God is the source from which all blessings flow.
David understood the privilege of having an audience with a powerful king whose glory and power is boundless.
Don't take it for granted!
Worship is an acknowledgement of our privileges.
We must recognize God for who He is if we must have any meaningful worship experience.
Most importantly, we don't have all the time to worship God on this side of eternity. Same way we all don't get invited to those cosy presidential or royal events every day.
David brought it home in verse 15 of 1 Chronicles Chapter 39 by alluding to the mortality of man.
We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
Worship is an exclusive privilege of the living (Psalms 115:17). The dead cannot praise God.
We are here on earth for a finite amount of time. Time is running out every day.
In the meantime, we are privileged to be alive and be who, what, and where we are.
If you esteem yourself lightly, just know this: there are millions on planet earth who would do anything to be you.
Here is your free pass
I want to personally invite you into fellowship with God. This is the most important appointment of your entire life.
All the kings of the earth, presidents, and rulers combined pale in significance compared to the Almighty God.
You have a free pass to God’s throne room, and it is valid 24/7.
It is a great privilege and honour to be in the presence of the King of Kings.
I want you to pray and ask God to give you an understanding and experience of the power of His presence, His power, and His glory, in the name of Jesus. Amen!
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