‘Here I am, knowing I’m a sinful man, Covered by the blood of the Lamb.’
I know I have said this before. One of the key elements of worship is entering with the right perspective. We cannot truly give God the praise He is due if we do not recognize his place in our lives compared to our own. I have always loved this song since it’s release in 2003 from Delirious on their World Service album. The song centered around a contrasting of own lives compared to Christ’s
Just think of the words.
Here I am, humbled by Your Majesty,
Covered by Your grace so free.
Here I am, knowing I’m a sinful man,
Covered by the blood of the Lamb.
We are the ones who receive our dignity to worship from Christ’s Majesty and his gift of grace. We are the ones who must confess sinfulness and receive atonement from Christ’s blood.
Here I am humbled by the love that You give,
Forgiven so that I can forgive.
So here I stand,
Knowing that I’m Your desire,
Sanctified by glory and fire.
We are the ones who must be humbled and forgiven, when we could not do this without Christ’s love and forgiveness first. We are the ones who should worship, but our worship would be worthless without the sanctification of our Lord.
It is not possible to worship when our eyes are fixed on ourselves. This simply will not work. To enter into true worship, we need to rid ourselves of our ‘stinking thinking,’ and focus on the agenda of Jesus. If you are impeded by the song choice, or the location, who is to blame? Is it too hard to worship Christ or is it just that we have our mind on the wrong thing?
In fact, if you are waiting for a ‘Worship Service’ to give God his due praise, then I’d argue that you won’t find what you expect when you arrive at your fellowship this weekend. Christ lives inside his people. He is with us at this very moment, so give Him your praise through your mind, your meditations or your actions right now. If you enter the church on Sunday feeling like you haven’t worshiped all week, you’re doing something wrong.
Tonight, don’t get stalled out by ‘preparing’ to worship. Begin to train your mind to worship our Great God and his Majesty each time you think of it! – Timothy