One very important benefit of a robust, traditional liturgy is that it recalibrates our perspective of the world and reorients our priorities. Just like Asaph in Ps. 73, we often get discouraged when we observe the apparent triumph of evil in the world around us. We can easily fall into despair and bitterness when we see how the wicked seem to get away with all sorts of shenanigans, especially if we spend too much time watching/listening to the news or browsing Facebook (Click here for an article on the many negative effects of news consumption. Click here for an article on why Facebook is likely to make you depressed).
But then we show up in worship, and we're reminded that Jesus is king, nothing is outside of His sovereignty, and He is calling all men to seek refuge in His grace or else receive His burning wrath. In worship we're reminded of the way things really are, we're reminded where our help really comes from (hint: it's not from Tallahassee or Washington), we're reminded of our mission in the world, and we're reminded of where everything is ultimately heading.
"For behold, those who are far from You shall perish; You put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to You. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works" (Ps. 73:27-28).
Every Sunday we are called to gather as God's people to draw near to God and receive His gifts of life, glory, and wisdom. Don't miss it for the world.
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