1 Chronicles 16:28-29
Give to the LORD, you kindreds of the people, give to the LORD glory and strength.…
I. WHAT DO WE COME TO CHURCH FOR? Not merely to get but to give. Not to take only but to offer. Not to hear simply, but to worship: "bring an offering," "worship the Lord."
II. WHAT IS THE OFFERING THE BRINGING OF WHICH CONSTITUTES WORSHIP? It is the offering of ourselves. Spirit, soul, body, substance. Conclusion:
1. This true explanation of the object of our meeting in God's house gives the clearest condemnation of those who absent themselves. "I can read my Bible at home" might be an answer if we be but "hearers"; none if we be "worshippers."
2. How great is the honour of being allowed to honour God — as worshippers!
3. Our direct worship shall be the smoke of the incense; but our whole life shall be, as it were, a compound of sweet spices.
(J. R. Vernon, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.