Falling Down, Not Nodding off, in Our Worship of God

The secrets of their hearts are laid bare.

So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” 1 Cor. 14:25

Gracious Father, what a great picture Paul paints in this one verse—Spirit-fueled reality, not empty ritual, marking your people’s worship. How could we ever be bored, sleepy, or self-righteous when Jesus is being exalted in our midst?

There’s only one reason why we’re not afraid for the secrets in our heart to be laid bare before you today. It’s because you’ve hidden our lives in Christ. Jesus is our forgiveness and righteousness—our assurance of salvation and hope of glory. Hallelujah.

Indeed, the Gospel is the sanctuary where we experience your welcome and presence most fully. The Gospel of your grace frees us to fall down and worship you in humility, not humiliation; in gratitude, not groveling; in repentant faith, not fear-full penance; in the assurance of your love, not under the weight of our shame.

Father, we pray our entire church families will enjoy this same freedom—especially as we gather as a community to worship you. In a day when we seem to need more technology and personalities to create “worship experiences,” free us from needing anything more than the Gospel to worship you the way you deserve and delight to be worshiped.

Reel us back in anytime we move away from a “sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3). Don’t let us forget that you aren’t seekinggreat worship” but “true worshipers”—those who worship you “in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23).

May our worship be so saturated with the riches of the Gospel that nonbelievers, and believers alike, will be overwhelmed with your presence and captured by your love. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ most wonderful and worthy name.