Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The content of Worship

In Psalm 34:1, the psalmist wrote, I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." That's the kind of worship God wants from you and me. He wants us to put worship in our mouths as often and with as much delight as we put food in our mouths. In fact, our desire to worship should be like our drive to eat. If the need for food goes unmet, we feel pain. When we go for an extended time without eating, the body shrinks-which is not all bad for some of us! But when we go for an extended time without worshiping and we shrink spiritually, that's a disaster. The reason this is true is that we are made to worship. God created you and me for Himself. When we are not fulfilling that drive, or when we are using that drive to worship something or someone other than God, we shrink and become spiritually anemic. The writer of Hebrews said, "Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God" (13:15). Worship is not a place or an event. It's an orientation to life. God is seeking those who will worship Him. Don't misunderstand that. God is not just seeking worship. He has plenty of worship. Angels worship Him. Nature worship Him. The animals worship Him. But He is seeking people to worship Him. Why? Because God wants to see how many of the creatures He made in His image will voluntarily worship Him continually, the way His heavenly creation and the unconscious earthly creation worship Him. You can't follow Jesus Christ without developing a lifestyle of worship.
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