The act of worship is an amazing thing. To be invited into communion and fellowship with the very Creator and Sustainer of the universe is mind-blowing in-and-of itself. To be invited into this sacred moment, however, as his children is even more incredible.
I admit, I often take this marvelous privilege for granted.
Pr. Graham Glover reminds me (and us) of just how unique and awesome (in the very literal sense of 'inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear') worship is and ought to be for us. He writes:
The Altar of God is unlike any other place. On it, the Lord of Life is made physically and visibly present for us to consume, that our sins might be forgiven, and that we might become one with Him. How we act at this altar – as pastor and parishioner – speaks volumes about what we believe is happening. I don’t want my hands to shake, but how could they not? How could anyone not tremble when approaching this most sacred place?
How many of us tremble when approaching the altar in worship? I confess, all too often I do not give Christ Jesus the reverence and honor he deserves as I draw near. Sometimes I am distracted. More oftentimes, I simply have not paused to remind myself what a sacred moment it is. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.
So tremble with me. Come on bended knee, with shaking hands extended to receive Jesus. And as we come trembling to His altar, may His grace give us the only peace that can truly comfort us. May His Body and Blood take away our fears and soothe our nervous hearts. May His promise of forgiveness strengthen our faith, giving us assurance and strength, now and forevermore.