I admit it. I am a consumer. I also admit that I am at my worst as a consumer when it comes to church life. I critique worship services on the basis of what will work for visitors or outreach or pastoral needs or me. I make all these things the concern of worship… and I need to repent of that. Worship is only about God and my concern is to give him his worth. This Psalm has introduced Synagoge and Church services for millenia for a good reason, it invites us into true worship. A joyful, obedient and reverent relationship with the living God. [Audio | Notes]
Psalm 90 | Worship is warning
Passion & Joy – not dead ritual
Humility & obedience – not hypocrisy
Urgent reverence – not delay or disbelief
For further thought
Q: When we come to worship with others what is our normal attitude?
Q: What reasons does this Psalm give us for worship in verses 1-7?
Q: What warnings does this Psalm give us about poor worship in verses 7-11?
Q: What would change for services at our church if our worship was filled with passion and joy, humility and obedience, urgent reverence?
Q: How can we be consumers rather than contributors in worship at church?