Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. — Psalm 95: 6–7
We conclude the year with worship.
We worship God …
As we close the year we gather once again in order to worship God together.
… By professing Him
To worship God is to acknowledge Him as the omniscient and omnipotent Saviour. We believe that
- God knows everything that has been said and done day in and day out over the past year.
- Nothing has happened without His consent.
- God alone desires the salvation of mankind.
We do not always understand the actions of God. The dramatic events that have defined the year raise many questions for which we do not have any answers. Nevertheless, we have the certainty that God could have prevented them had they jeopardized His plan of salvation.
… By humbling ourselves
We incline ourselves before God, the Holy One. Filled with reverence, let us silence our human thoughts and reservations. After all, what right do we poor sinners have to remonstrate God for the things that have happened this year?
… By giving thanks to Him
Worshipping God means we profess that we are in His debt, but it also means that we praise Him for His many favours.
The Lord has provided for us like a shepherd. He has taken care of our needs and protected us. He has led us with a sure hand upon the path of salvation.
At the end of the year, let us give special thanks to the Lord for all the joy that He has given us, namely
- The joy over the victories He has helped us win over the evil one.
- The joy we have experienced in fellowship with our brothers and sisters.
- The joy that He has blessed our involvement in His work.
- The joy that He has granted us in our daily lives.
… By giving thanks to our neighbour
This year too, the Lord has often made use of imperfect individuals in order to do us good. If He has been able to bless us, it is only because other believers were prepared to serve the Lord, get involved in the congregation, and bring their offerings. Let us be humble enough to acknowledge this. The Lord said, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25: 40) These words also refer to the debt of thanks we owe those who have, in one way or another, contributed to our blessing.
… By expressing our trust
Finally, worshipping God also involves expressing our trust in Him. When we think about the majesty of God and thank Him for His deeds, this gives us confidence for the future. That which God has done to this point, He will also continue to do: He will bear us, and carry us, and deliver us (Isaiah 46: 4).
* Thoughts from the Chief Apostle adapted for divine service held on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2015 at Midrand Congregation.