When we gather for worship, there are at least two basic objectives. First, we gather to praise our God together. He made this world. He invented sunshine and rivers and ice cream, and He has given us life and joy and families and friends. And though we would throw these gifts away, and sin would bend and break them, God has come for us in His Son Jesus and through the Mighty working of His Spirit to rescue us from our destructive ways, to forgive our sins, and to give us life and this whole world back again. Our God is worthy to be praised. We proclaim His greatness. He is good. He is mighty. He is glorious. And we love Him. We are here to praise Him. He is worthy.
But secondly, we gather to ask for more. We are here because we know that we are completely dependent on Him. We need His greatness. We need His goodness. We need His powerful working to continue in our lives. And He has promised to meet us here in unique ways. He has promised to bestow His blessing on us here when we gather together in His name, sing His praises, confess our sins, hear His word, talk to Him in prayer, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. In some ways, you could think of the benediction at the end of the service as the point of the whole thing. We want the blessing of God. We need the blessing of God. We love the blessing of God. And so we are gathered here now to give thanks for the blessing of God and to ask for more. That’s the point of worship. That’s why we’re here. We’ve tasted the goodness of God, and now we can’t get enough.