Due to various movements of culture and emphasis, the Lord’s Supper has come to be treated more like the somber quiet of a funeral home, when we should observe it as if in a royal feasting hall. Since this is the case, we ought to shape our attitude and disposition during this meal to reflect what we do here.
First, Jesus’ parable about the man invited to the wedding feast who refuses to wear the provided wedding garments is applicable here. You must come to this feast in the robes of Christ righteousness which God has provided for you; for no other garments are appropriate for this heavenly banquet hall.
Secondly, we should examine ourselves. This should be a regular habit of life as you read the Word and sit under faithful preaching of the Word. It is also why we confess our sins corporately earlier in the service.
Third, and this ties in with the previous point, examining yourself according to Paul’s instruction is in the context of consideration for your fellow saint. You must not rush forward to gobble up all the food before anyone else has eaten. Since we practice paedocommunion, parents ought to teach their itty-bitties not to eat until we’ve all eaten together. In short, delight in both our union with Christ and with each other.
Lastly, as you partake, look around at each other with joy & love. Sing these praises with all your gusto & strength. Do not hold back out of fear that you might be a little too over the top; for God went over the top & gave His Son to you. This is a royal banquet which celebrates God’s eternal covenant with us. That covenant was accomplished by Christ’s conquest of our enemies, & He shares that conquest with us. So feast like kings & priests to God, for that is what you are.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesus Christ…