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The Meaninglessness of Mechanical Worship

The Meaninglessness of Mechanical Worship

Does what we do on Saturday night affect our worship on Sunday morning? According to the writer of Ecclesiastes, it does. Alistair Begg explains that we should guard our steps and prepare our hearts before we worship. If we are not careful, worship can become a meaningless routine in which we sing hymns and read Scripture without truly praising the Lord.

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What Is True Worship?

We live in a culture that is self-focused. Sadly, even our worship can become about how it makes us feel or what we get out of it. We may go to church because the songs and the routine give us warm feelings, or we choose to skip church because we don’t feel like going. But the Bible is clear that worship is not about us. It’s about God. His Word instructs us to worship because He deserves our praise.

Teaching from Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Mark, John, and 1 Thessalonians, Alistair Begg draws our attention to what the Bible says about worship. Genuine worship in spirit and in truth is only possible when we are captured by an overwhelming sense of awe and reverence in the presence of God. As we approach worship, we should prepare properly, engage our minds, and keep our hearts focused on the object of our worship, the one true God. Then, and only then, can we expect visitors to our services to exclaim, "Surely God is in this place!"