Category Archives: Worship

Worship

Scripture

And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, what does my Lord say to His servant?  Joshua 5:14b

Observation

The Lord, Jesus pre-incarnate, appears to Joshua at Jericho.  Joshua worships Him.  Joshua humbles himself.  His place is as a servant.  Joshua asks, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”  It is important to note that Joshua sought to serve and not be served.  He did not seek the “warm fuzzies.”

Application

When I worship the Lord, it should be as Joshua — seeking what He means for me to do.  I should worship Him and not worship the goosebumps.  I worship Him, not as a favor, but because He has saved me and shown me mercy.

Prayer

Lord, what does my Lord say to His servant?…

 

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The Will of God

Scripture

Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)

Observation

Paul, in his first letter to the church of Thessalonica, closes with instructions.  This particular passage teaches a constant rejoicing, prayerful, and thankful attitude.  But, while the readers would benefit, it was not so they would have warm fuzzies.  It is because it is the will of God.

Application

What is the will of God?  Can I know it?  Well, yes.  Do I know the will of God for my life?  Well, yes.  For decades I have sought God’s will.  I’ve read books on theology, prayer, bible study.  I’ve gone to cell groups, life groups, accountability groups, retreats, and Alaska.  I’ve read through the Bible umpteen times.  Never could I discern the will of God — until now when I read this passage again for the first time.  God’s will is for me to rejoice — not complain.  God’s will for me is to pray continuously — not to learn to pray but rather just do it.  God’s will for me is to be thankful in everything — not to be sorrowful.  God’s will for me is to do all these things — rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks — in Christ Jesus.

Prayer

Lord, I rejoice in the salvation through Christ Jesus.  May my prayers always glorify You.  Thanks for accepting my worship through Jesus.  Thy will be done.

The Tutor

Scripture

Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  Galatians 3:24.

Observation

What is the purpose of the law?  It is to point toward the ministry of Jesus Christ (v. 23)

Application

In reading Leviticus, I marvel at all the details of ceremony there are.  There is preparation galore!  There are so many “if/then” things.  There are feasts throughout the year.  They must meet stringent  requirements.  Day to day activities, sickness, crime, immorality…they are all covered by “the law.”  Paul told the Galatians “the law” is a tutor.  It instructs.  “The law” rightly understood brings every act and thought captive to God.  God is the reason for doing anything and everything becomes a form of worship with “the law.”

But Jesus is Himself the very fulfillment of “the law.”  Instead of the tedium, I have freedom.  My focus is on Him.  Rules do not justify me — faith in Christ does.  Jesus Christ becomes my worship.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for fulfilling the law in Yourself.  I want to worship You.

Profane Fire

Scripture

‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’… Leviticus 10:3 

Observation

The sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, were just killed by the LORD.  They offered “profane fire” before the LORD.  They each had taken a censer and put incense on it.  They came before Holy God any way they wanted. They mocked Him.

Application

The sons of Aaron thought it was a show.  Anybody, or so they thought, could come and “worship” before the LORD.  They bypassed all that had been prescribed for preparation — repentance, sacrifice, atonement, washing, holiness (being set aside).  God wants me to take Him seriously.  Without “the law” there is no reason for grace.  I cannot bypass what the law has provided for merely by claiming grace.  Grace means I myself am no longer subject to the penalty of the law — living under the law.  It means that Someone, Jesus Christ, has taken my place.  All the components of the law are still there, I just don’t suffer the consequences.

God is not an idol.  He is not a genie.  He is holy.  What I do as worship must bring glory to Him — pray, bible reading/study, daily living,…I should do it not out of fear but because He loves me.

Prayer

Lord, prepare me so that I worship You in Your Holiness.  May I glorify You.