Tuesday, April 28, 2015

worship


What can we bring to the Lord?  Should we bring him burnt offerings?  Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?  Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Worship is a big deal.  One famous author put it this way: “every body worships something”.  Each of us has to make a choice about who we will worship or what we will worship.

When we look close at the options, there are so many things that humans put in the place that only God deserves.  The answers may seem simple, but they are also what seems rational.  People throughout time have chosen things like this and methods like this to worship.

The verses from Micah give us some insight:

Does authentic worship demand a burnt sacrifice?  To worship do we have to have lots and lots of money?  Does our worship have to include what costs us the most?

Verse 8 says that our God really just wants us.  He desires that we worship Him and do what is right as humbly as we can.

These 3 verses have rang in my head for over 15 years.  That leads me to another verse that we have heard before many times.

“So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

That is from Joshua.  I recently realized that it was also shared at almost the end of his life.  Joshua was a great and faithful leader that helped others pursue God with all that they have. 

Joshua encouraged the people in his care to choose wisely who they would worship.  The list or offer that Joshua gave them was extremely insightful. 

The first one he pointed to was the god that ancestors served.  The people who came before us lived simpler lives without the resources and maybe the complications that we have today due to technology.

Joshua then asked if they wanted to worship the gods of the people who used to live in the land that they now possess.  Praise God that He has changed our lives.  We in the past may have worship our possessions or maybe our position in life, but none of those things connected us to God.

It is easy to get off track with what and how we worship.  I want to encourage you to unplug from the things that distract you from God and focus on our gracious and loving God.  Do things that lead you to worship Him and love Him with all that you have. 

Worship is a big deal.  Worshipping our God is a must.  Worship keeps us focused!

Luke 4:8  NLT
Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Luke 10:27  NLT
The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

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