Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Worth of Worship

Never in my entire life have I fully understood the act or life of worship before God, but what I can say is that it seems to entail a wonder and an awe that can only be experienced when we finally realize something is far greater than us.

When we stand at the railing over looking the edge into the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara, or when we’re present at the birth of our first child, or when we’re at the bedside of a beloved believer who slips over that threshold from this life to LIFE eternal, we can for one small moment begin to experience an interface with TRUE worship.

If worship is about WORTH, and it is, then that tells us quite a bit about what we worship.

Without getting into the specifics of each others idolatry, may I suggest this simple TEST? What is the first thing you wake to thinking about? What is the last thing you think of when falling to sleep? What do you spend your time doing? Who are you communicating with most? Where does your money go? What are you doing with your talents and abilities?

Simply put, what parts of your life do you subscribe worth to? Granted, people and relationships are of utmost value, but ONE relationship is of preeminent VALUE and WORTH above all else; your relationship with God.

The Apostle Paul teaches us that worship and acknowledgment of God is the primary guardian against lies that invade our lives. He further teaches that when we decide that the things of God are not worthy of retaining in our hearts, minds and lives, we put ourselves in grave jeopardy. We put ourselves in the position to believe lies that will ultimately separate us from the light and life of God.

Even as believers, if we fail to give the proper worth and glory to God in all that we do, we will begin the subtle erosion of defenses that God has established through the life and practice of WORSHIP. (Romans 1:18-32).

So the next time you’re tempted to implement some sort of man made contraption to satiate the voids in your life, STOP. Stop and take a moment to ask God if what you are about to buy, say, think or simply do is an act of worship?

Don’t get me wrong, eating a Wendy’s Double Stack .99 cent cheese burger may not seem much like an act of worship, but stopping and bowing your head and giving thanks for the dollar to buy the food and thanking God for the ability to feed yourself and not need the assistance of a nurse or a feeding tube, or that you can sit at rest and in ease not worrying about your immediate safety, are at least several things you could consider as thoughts of worship and things worthy of thanking and praising God for. You see, even in the simplest and smallest things, you can give God the GLORY and give Him THANKS. For therein are the first and most simple practices of worship found.

If you will begin to worship God in the small things, when it comes time to worship Him in a corporate and public setting, that will come much easier. Don’t just take my word for it, try it.

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