Here’s a contemplative call to worship based on David’s words in 2 Sam. 24:24 (CEB) that invites worshipers to consider worship as costly and sacrificial. The moment of silent reflection is optional but I recommend it.
Consider these words of David in 2 Sam. 24:24: “I won’t offer up to the Lord my God entirely burned offerings that cost me nothing.”
Lord, worship is sacrifice. It can be no other way. When we worship you we aren’t looking to get something from you but to give something to you. Help us to understand today, as we prepare for this service of worship, that you call us to lay ourselves down before you, to give ourselves over to you, to offer the sacrifice of praise. And in our feeble attempts to give you what you’re due, accept what we have to offer, our lives humble and broken, and transform us into living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.