标 题： 预备朝见你的神
经 节： 耶和华又对摩西说：“你往百姓那里去，叫他们今天明天自洁，又叫他们洗衣服。到第三天要预备好了，因为第三天耶和华要在众百姓眼前降临在西奈山上。”（出埃及记十九章10～11节）
to Meet Your God!
the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and
tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third
day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight
of all the people.” (Exodus 19:10-11)
Meeting with God requires preparation. God
is awesome and perfectly holy. Barging into His presence unprepared is an
affront. When the children of Israel were to meet with Him, God commanded them
first to take two full days to prepare. Once the people were ready, however,
God spoke to them with thunder and lightning, with fire and smoke and the sound
of loud trumpets (Exod. 19:16–25). It was through this encounter that God
revealed such marvelous truths as the Ten Commandments, establishing the
standard by which God expected His people to live.
You cannot spend day after day in the
world without its affecting your mind and will and heart. It doesn’t take long
to become disoriented to the ways of God. The world has a dulling effect on
your spiritual sensibilities. God established the Sabbath so His people could
take an entire day to refocus on Him and His will for them after spending six
days in the world.
How do you prepare for your times of
worship? What fills your mind the night before? Often the last thing you put
into your mind at night is still on your mind the next morning. Genuine worship
requires spiritual preparation. Your experiences of worship reflect your
spiritual preparation. Prepare yourself now for your next encounter with God.