Coming into the Presence of the King
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
When I was at Wheaton College as a student, our former college president, Dr. V. Raymond Edmond, was speaking in chapel about how we as students should come “into the presence of the King” when we came to chapel. In the midst of his message, Dr. Edman collapsed and died of a massive heart attack in front of 2200 students.
Needless to say, that image and message had a profound effect on the student body. When I think of “inheritance” and “king,” I think of privileged position. We are all heirs of the King by faith. When we gather for worship on Sundays, we prepare to come into the King’s presence. How do we prepare our hearts and minds and bodies for this privileged encounter with God in worship? How do we demonstrate honor to the King?
If this is not your practice, plan to arrive a few minutes before the service begins. Take those minutes to look through the bulletin. Read the scripture ahead of time. Pray for those who preach and the other leaders in worship. Pour out your heart to the Lord as you prepare to meet with Him in the presence of His people. It will change your entire morning and day…even your life! Best of all, you’ll begin to gain a clearer picture of what it means to be a child of the King.