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Worship and a Restaurant Entryway

You probably have a restaurant at which you really enjoy eating. You may even crave their delicacies at times. Could be fast food or five-star–doesn’t matter.

Just imagine this place in your mind.

You drive up and begin walking to the front door. The smell is intoxicating! You stop for a brief moment and breathe it in before continuing.

You step inside the door and you see the bustle of people. If you’re restaurant has a host/hostess, they come to ask you if they can get you table, but instead of responding, you stare blankly and don’t speak, don’t move.

After several attempts, they move along to help others, and you stand there, waiting for you-don’t-know-what. Finally, you begin to get angry and think, “why haven’t I got any food!” After a while, you begin to think that maybe there isn’t any food at all and it was all in your head; or maybe the food is for others and not you.

You turn around and leave feeling deflated and defeated. “Maybe I’ll try again another day,” you think as you get in your car and drive away.

Obviously, it’s not hard to see what went wrong in this scenario, but could we relate it to a worship service? Would I have written that last sentence if I didn’t think that already?!

Experiencing the presence and life of God through worship is the privilege of every believer. It’s not just for the worship leader, musicians, singers, or creatives. Every single person has the capacity to gain revelation of Him and cultivate intimacy in corporate gatherings.

It’s easy to say, “Hey, I showed up. If God wants to do something, He’ll do it,” but the reality is, choosing to open our hearts in worship is an act of our will.

Just as if you go to your favorite restaurant and stand in the entryway, you may be in the right place, but the opening of your heart in faith corresponds to the outward expression of worship.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.  –Psalm 34:1-3

You can say, “All those others seem to receive from God, but I can’t.” You may even get upset about it, but the psalms and other scriptures give us many different means and methods to express our worship.

I’m convinced more than ever that these forms of worship He prescribes are not for His benefit but ours. Yes, He receives the glory, but we receive something intangible as we express the inexpressible.

A person in a restaurant has to sit down, put in an order, and wait.

Even that simple act we’ve probably all done thousands of times demonstrates faith. We sit down because we believe they have food. We order because we believe they’ll bring us food. We wait because we believe they’re preparing something for us.

If you come into worship times with zero expectations and zero engagement, how can you expect anything from God? We aren’t just singing or going through the motions, we can expect to receive from our good Father whatever it is He wants to give us.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. –Ephesians 3:19-20

He’ll do exceedingly more but you still have to expect something! God loves you so much He has a feast in store, and even better, Jesus already paid the bill.

Be encouraged to stir your faith a little more. God does incredible things as you express your trust through worship, no matter the challenges or circumstances you face!

Does this make sense with your experience? What are your thoughts?


  1. Yes, we are invited to the feast the Lord has prepared for us, but will we eat and savor His goodness? Great analogy, Jason! Blessings!

    • Really makes sense doesn’t it? We often relegate our worship to how we feel in the moment or what we prefer, but God is offering something so wonderful and beyond our expectations if we’ll engage. He invites us to draw near in faith! Thanks so much, Martha.

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