- Latter-day Saints are exceptional when it comes to serving in Church callings. But sometimes we may go about our work routinely, as though we are merely performing a job. Sometimes our attendance at meetings and our service in the kingdom may lack the holy element of worship. And without that, we are missing an incomparable spiritual encounter with the infinite—one we are entitled to as children of a loving Heavenly Father.
Worshiping is important to our spiritual life. It takes effort on our part to want it, find it, and experience it.
- Far from being an accidental, happy occurrence, worship is essential and central to our spiritual life. It is something we should yearn for, seek out, and strive to experience.
- When we worship God, we approach Him with reverent love, humility, and adoration. We acknowledge and accept Him as our sovereign King, the Creator of the universe, our beloved and infinitely loving Father. We respect and revere Him. We submit ourselves to Him. We lift our hearts in mighty prayer, cherish His word, rejoice in His grace, and commit to follow Him with dedicated loyalty.
- Worshipping God is such an essential element in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ that if we fail to receive Him in our hearts, we will seek for Him in vain in our councils, churches, and temples.
- True disciples are drawn to “worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters—calling upon the name of the Lord day and night.”
- We can learn much about true worship by examining how others—people who perhaps were not so different from ourselves—encountered, behaved, and worshipped in the presence of the divine.
Bishop Davies gives us several key elements that will help us find deep meaning in our worship time.
- The first elements that accompany true worship of the divine—a sense of majestic awe and profound thanksgiving. Every day, but especially on the Sabbath day, we have the extraordinary opportunity to experience the wonder and awe of heaven and offer our praises to God for His blessed goodness and overwhelming mercy. This will lead us to hope. These are the first elements of worship.
- When we worship in spirit, we invite light and truth into our souls, which strengthens our faith. These too are necessary elements of true worship.
- True worship transforms us into sincere and earnest disciples of our beloved Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. We change and become more like Him. We become more understanding and caring. More forgiving. More loving. We understand that it is impossible to say that we love God while at the same time hating, dismissing, or disregarding others around us. True worship leads to an unwavering determination to walk the path of discipleship. And that leads inevitably to charity. These too are necessary elements of worship.
Bishop Davies tells us that spiritual experiences have to do more with what is inside of us than what is outside. Our hearts need to be engaged in worshiping our Savior for the greatest blessings to occur in our lives.
- My brothers and sisters, spiritual experiences have less to do with what is happening around us and everything to do with what is happening within our hearts. It is my witness that true worship will transform ordinary Church meetings into extraordinary spiritual feasts. It will enrich our lives, broaden our understanding, and strengthen our testimonies. For as we incline our hearts to God, like the ancient Psalmist, we “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: [we are] thankful unto him, and bless his name. “For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
What a great talk to enhance our Sunday worship. I sometime attend sacrament meeting. I sometimes worship at the feet of my Savior during sacrament meeting. I sometimes have a mediocrity time listening to the speakers. I sometime have deep meaningful experiences as the speaker is sharing their thought. What Bishop Davies points out is that a lot of my experience is based on how prepared I am to come to the worship experience. Today, I am going to try to come to church more prepared and ready to worship than just attending sacrament meeting. I encourage you to join me in this effort.