Word of Encouragement Worship Devotions

Is worship desired or required? (Pt. 2)

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? ... to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise." ~Isaiah 43:18-21

Throughout the Word of God, the Lord expresses His desire to be worshipped by His people. Do you know why? Is it because He needs His people to feed His ego? Is it because you need a reminder of how much He’s done for you? Does God want you to worship Him because He doesn’t feel as powerful or special if you don’t? Does He need the reminder that you love Him or that He’s worthy? Of course not! But why did God set up the processes and patterns of worship in the first place? Did you ever realize that before any laws were ever enacted in the Bible, those who loved Him already worshipped Him? Job, the oldest book in the Bible, shows that worship was a vital part of Job’s life and it carried him through the worst moments of his life. (Job 1:20)

Worship has existed since before the creation of the earth over 6,000 years ago because it is what the heavenly hosts were already doing when God created the world. (Job 38:4-7) Worship is, from beyond the boundaries of time, the natural expression of anything that has encountered the greatness of God and loves Him for His goodness. Under the Old Covenant God set up two separate acts for two separate reasons: 1) Sacrifice – to bring a physical offering that would die to allow sinful man to draw near to holy presence of God and 2) Worship – offering thanksgiving to invite the holy presence of God to draw near to sinful man. Under the New Covenant, through Jesus Christ, the two separate acts have been reconciled together and the “sacrifice of praise” is how we offer thanksgiving to acknowledge the greatness and the goodness of God.

It’s of the utmost importance that you explore your “why” in worship because the enemy would like nothing more than to disconnect you from God in the very manner God created to connect to you!

Worship is such a simple act that often feels so complex without understanding what worship is and why. Sacrifice and thanksgiving are what God desires still today, but, from and through you – from your heart (the praise), through your body (the sacrifice). When it comes to praising and worshipping the Lord, you know that God desires it, He doesn’t require it. But ask yourself this about your own perspective: When you think of what it means to you to praise the Lord, do you feel it is required of you or do you desire to worship?

[Read this next: “Is Worship Desired or Required? Part 1”]

People go through the motions of worship for many, many different reasons and not all of those reasons have anything to do with the Lord! Some worship the Lord because they feel pressure from their church, their pastor, their parents or even their own sense of guilt. Some worship because of tradition. Some worship the Lord for their own glory or to show off. Some worship the Lord because they think if they do, He’ll accept them. Some worship the Lord because they want to dump their burdens into His lap. Some worship the Lord because they know they’re supposed to, but their heart’t not really in it, or they don’t understand the point or why they should. How about you? Do you feel “require” or “desire” inside? It’s of the utmost importance that you explore your “why” in worship because the enemy would like nothing more than to disconnect you from God in the very manner God created to connect to you!

(In the book “The Way of the Worshipper” and the “Devotional Workbook” that goes along with it will help you dig more deeply into your “why” and reveal a more in-depth picture of God’s desire for worship.) 

Thought for today

Even the most mature Christian struggles at times to worship, so don’t let the enemy make you feel you are alone when you’re just not feeling it. BUT. That is the place of your sacrifice. Once you understand your “why” in worship, even if the reason needs to be changed, you can then continue forward in your faith journey and seek to understand more. God desires your worship and He has created worship as part of His grander plan to bless you (Genesis 22:17), use your life as a testimony to others (Psalm 40:3), aid you in the fight against the enemy (Psalm 97:5), be close to you (Psalm 22:3) and so much more! If you feel “required” to worship, God wants to set you free to worship Him! If you “desire”, then seek the Lord for how you can give Him even more of yourself.

We worship the “worth-ship” of God – His goodness and His greatness and if you find that your passion has waned or that the meaning is lost on you or that the freshness is gone, or has never been there at all – God is beckoning you right now, through this word, today – He wants to go further, deeper and do “far above all you can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20) then get our your Bible, explore these Scriptures given to you today, ask for the Lord’s help, invite Him to do anything He wants and let today be the first day that everything starts to change!

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? … to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” Isaiah 43:18-21

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