“But As For Me” (Ready to Worship S5E1)

Ready to Worship Season 5, Episode 1 for Friday, January 20, 2017

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy:

and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple (Psa. 5:7). 

I love the first four words of this passage – “But as for me.” Regardless of what others did, David made up his mind what he was going to do.  This is a good reminder for us as we approach worship. 

Transcript

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy:

and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple (Psa. 5:7). 

I love the first four words of this passage – “But as for me.” Regardless of what others did, David had made up his mind what he was going to do.  It reminds me of the statement of another great man – Joshua. Likely, you remember his classic statement:  “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15). 

As much as we may want to, we cannot always control the thoughts and actions of others. The best that we can do is control our own. Sometimes, even this will prove to be a monumental task. 

In the passage under consideration, David determined to do a couple of things. First, he determined to come into God’s house. As much as he wanted to, he couldn’t make others do this. They might choose not to come into God’s house. Whatever others did or didn’t do, David had made up His mind what he was going to do. Today, we must do the same. We can and should encourage others to come into the house of the Lord. We should provoke them unto love and good works (Heb. 10:24). We should exhort them to not forsake the assembling of themselves together (Heb. 10:25). However, no matter what they decide, we must make up our minds to be faithful. They may make up their minds to go to the lake instead of worship, but as for us, we must each say, “But as for me, I will come into thy house.” Second, David determined to worship God in fear or reverence. He said, “But as for me…in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple” (Psa. 5:7). As much as David wanted to, he couldn’t make others worship with reverence. He could only control his own mindset. The same holds true for us today. We can’t  control whether or not others prepare their minds for worship. We can only control what we do. Like David, we can say, “But as for me…in thy fear will I worship.”

When it comes to worship, it is easy for us to focus on others. It is easy for us to allow the attendance or lax attitude of others to discourage us. However, we must focus on preparing our own selves to properly worship God. 

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