“A dear elderly lady was teaching the four and five-year-old Sunday School class at church. During one of the lessons, they were learning about the building of the temple. She explained to the students that when the temple was finished, the presence of the Lord filled the temple. Instantly the eyes of each child got wide and full of excitement. She soon discovered, however, that the source of their excitement was not joy that God had come to dwell in the temple, but rather, delight at imagining that huge building filled with presents from God. Aren’t we often much like those children? We are easily more excited about our presents from God than being in the presence of God.” (Michael Hodgen)
Like the children in the story above, believers often make worship about themselves and not Almighty God. Some participate in corporate worship to draw attention to themselves. Their singing does not come from the heart but is just a performance. However, others remain silent due to their embarrassment. These shy ones fear their voice sounds awful and they cannot carry a tune in a ten-gallon bucket. Both responses focus on the worshipper and not the One who is to be adored.
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