Worship Devotions

Sacred vs. Secular: Your worship is holy, don’t throw it to the pigs

"Do not give what is holy to the dogs, nor throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet and turn around and attack you." ~ Matthew 7:6

Worship belongs to the Lord. That is made exceedingly clear in His Word. Five times in the Old Testament the Lord refers to Himself as “jealous”. He even said His name is “Jealous” (Exodus 34:14). He is jealous for your worship. “You will worship no other God” He said. Do you get the point? He wants your worship for Himself. He loves you that much. So much that He sent His Son to bridge the gap between sin and holiness so He could be reconciled to you. He is willing to do whatever it takes- and all He has ever asked for in return is your worship.

Satan is jealous for your worship too– did you know that? Oh yes he is! But here’s the thing so many don’t realize: If you’re not worshipping God, who are you worshipping? No one? That isn’t possible. You were created to worship. You will worship something or someone. Satan understands the power of music, and worship to influence lives and hearts and minds, but do you? Satan is going after your spirit, using his own form of “worship” to do it, to lure away your attention, your affections, your focus. Is secular music sinful? Not all of it is, no. Classical music is an example, but much is, yes. And the people who write that music are influenced in the spiritual realm in ways they don’t understand, being used as unwitting tools of Satan- and then Christians tune in and sing along!

Satan understands the power of music, and worship to influence lives and hearts and minds, but do you? Satan is going after your spirit, using his own form of “worship” to do it, to lure away your attention, your affections, your focus.

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs,” Jesus said. “Nor throw your pearls before swine.” Remember when Jesus cast the demons out of the man at the Gadarenes in Mark 5? The demons went into a herd of pigs who then ran off a cliff.  Your worship is holy, like beautiful pearls to the Lord- don’t cast it before the pigs, the demonic influences of this world, worshipping along to their lyrics, their concepts and ideas, their tunes and rhythms. “…lest they trample them under their feet, and turn around and attack you,” Jesus said. Satan will use music to snare you, and then he will attack you spiritually because there is an open door for his access into your heart and mind and spirit. You will hunger for what you feed on. “Set your mind on things above” Paul wrote. “Not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)

Thought for today

Do you have to listen to worship music 24/7? No. (Although everything in your entire life, ever, will be better off for it because the Lord dwells within worship, Psalm 22:3) But you do need to use discernment. Let’s go a step further: If you’re listening to the world’s “worship” more than you’re listening to the worship of the holy God, you have a spiritual issue that needs to be addressed. If you’re more comfortable singing to the world’s music than to God’s, or if you spend more time surrounded by the secular than the sacred- there is a problem with carnal thinking and spiritual immaturity that you need to deal with. God is jealous for your worship- so is Satan, so… who gets to have you?

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