I was thinking about worship! It can mean a few things! We tend to use the word ‘worship’ today in the context of music. But I am being reminded that it is so much more!
The very heart of worship is the offering of our whole lives to God!
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1-2
It’s interesting too that the first mention of the word ‘worship’ in the Bible is in the context of Abraham setting out to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. (Genesis 22:3-5)
In Jesus’ teaching on worship, He reveals what is most important to God. “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:22-24
I was thinking what could this mean? Worship in spirit and in truth? I believe it’s the way we live our life and what is going on in our heart. It's about who we really are! (when no one is looking!) In our worship are we pursuing Him? His heart, His face, His fellowship? Are we willing to die to our own ways and follow Him with all our heart?
I truly believe He is looking for people who are willing to know His heart. People who will be honest and transparent before Him. (Perhaps that's why the commandment to LOVE the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul is the most important one!)
I want to be that kind of worshiper.
We have all of eternity to marvel at God’s glory, and participate in worship at the throne of God.
But there is a kind of worship that exists only this side of heaven. And I believe that’s the opportunity to walk intimately with God in a loving relationship when the world around us is so seducing!
To lift up songs and praises in the middle of challenges and trials. To tell God how we really feel while choosing to remember He is Holy and worthy to be worshipped. We have an opportunity to surrender our whole earthly lives in love and obedience to Him.
We also have an opportunity to lay down our lives for His cause—to fulfil the desire of our Father’s heart—that people from every tribe and nation and language may worship in eternity before the throne of God. (Revelation 7:9-10)
Lord, teach me to worship.
"In Him we live, move and have our being."
Equipping the saints~ So good!