Praise Foundations

Are You Worshipping the Unknown God?

"...For as I passed by and looked up at your objects of worship, I found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom you therefore unknowingly worship, Him I proclaim to you." ~Acts 17:23

Once you have submitted yourself to Jesus Christ, the journey of your life from that point on will be centered around these main objectives: 1) To know the Lord, 2) To make Him known and 3) To invite Him to know you. It really is that basic, and everything else you walk through in life will fall under those three umbrellas. Of course the Lord already knows you, all the way through, the good, the bad, and all the secrets! But there is a difference between the Lord knowing you and when you invite Him to know you more. What’s the difference?

As you willingly and intentionally open yourself to Him through personal praise and worship, what you are really doing is inviting Him to show you who you really are- through His eyes, in every circumstance. Many people worship the Lord without knowing who He really is. They love the Lord, but don’t know His character, His nature, His power. It’s one thing to know the Lord through His Word, but it is entirely another things to know the Lord from your first-hand experiences with Him.

In Acts 17, Paul was traveling through Athens and noticed that they were a people who were seeking a spiritual connection by worshipping… everything! And he said to them, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious. For as I passed by and looked up at your objects of worship, I found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom you therefore unknowingly worship, Him I proclaim to you.” The Unknown God, whom the men of Athens worshipped, were well-intentioned, but spiritually ignorant and as a result, the Unknown God they worshipped was simply added into the mix of their idolatry.

Created to Worship God, but Also to Know God

To know the Lord will take the rest of your life as you study His Word, spend time in His presence in worship and commune with Him in prayer in your own “secret place”, but what a beautiful, challenging, powerful journey it is if you continually seek Him (John 4:23-24). What wonders you will find in Him- and in yourself! But it is possible to worship the Lord without really knowing Him. The Athenians blended the “Unknown God” into the mix because they didn’t see a difference between Him and the other gods they worshipped. Here’s the difference: The idols of the nations want your reverence, Great King Above All Gods wants your relationship.

In Matthew 15:8-9 Jesus said, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. In vain they do worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.” Plenty of people don’t really know the Lord because they are seeking Him in the wrong places- within themselves, or they are looking to another person, or they can only see God through the eyes of their own opinions, experiences and pain – when God and His power are revealed through His Word.

God doesn’t give you “more” of Himself- He already gave you free access to everything through His Son. You must give Him more of YOU

~Alicia Purdy

They worship, but without passion, stuck in routine and traditions. Or they don’t experience the power of praise because they don’t really understand the point. If you want more of God, if you want to know Him more, if you want fresh passion, deeper understanding and a greater connection His Spirit- go get it! God doesn’t give you “more” of Himself- He already gave you free access to everything through His Son. You must give Him more of YOU, and as you do, you will find a new revelation of the “unknown” God whom you worship and then? “Let the redeemed of the Lord speak out!” (Psalm 107:2) The world is looking for what you have found!

Thought for today: The Unknown God, Revealed to the World

Part of your purpose and spiritual responsibility in the Kingdom is to make the Lord known, as Paul did, to reveal who He really is to those stuck in ignorance. But first, you must know who He is and acknowledge what He has done in you, through you and for you. A lifestyle of connecting with God through praise and worship will keep your testimony of Him endlessly powerful to the world. Do you KNOW who you worship, or are you worshiping the Unknown God too? He wants you to KNOW Him, to have the knowledge that is backed by first-hand experience – that is the true power of praise!

Maybe you’ll reach those who are lost in sin, maybe you reach the person in Christ who has lost hope. Sharing your testimonies of God’s faithfulness is a life-changing action of faith that will ignite hope in the hearts of those to hear what you have to say- even if you whisper it, or just say one small thing, or even offer to pray for someone and walk away. Revelation 9:10 says that the “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”, which means that you are speaking prophetically when you share your stories of what God has done for you- you are speaking to another person that what God has done in you, for you and through you- He will do for them! Amen!

Romans 1:21 says, “Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him or give thanks to Him as God, but became futile in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” If you know who the Lord really is, you have endless reasons to praise. If you’re struggling, worship will connect you to the Spirit of God and invite His presence to dwell with you. Giving thanks is the best way to force your mind off of yourself and onto Him! This is not a public, Sunday morning activity, but a daily, private one. In His presence. In His Word. In the secret place. You’ll get to know Him more and more as you invite Him to know you.

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