Pointing the way to


acceptable worship
    
Through the ages, mankind has consistently sensed the existence of a supreme intelligence in our universe.  This realization has come, not only from the Bible, but from our physical surroundings as well.  In the long ago, David said in Psa. 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”  By the same token, in all cultures mankind has sought to worship this Higher Being, even if he didn’t know who the “Being” was.  Thus, “idolatry” and the worship of many “gods” resulted.  Paul encountered this in Athens (Acts 17: 16 - 32).
Worship is just as essential in our efforts to serve God as faith is.  Just the word itself suggests something very important and very special.  Indeed it is something special!  When Jesus encountered the woman at the well in Samaria in John Chapter 4, He suggested the extreme importance God places on our worship:  John 4:23-24 (KJV) 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Notice in verse 23 above, “. . .the Father seeketh such to worship Him.”  Truly, God longs for the adoration and expressions of love and praise that come from honest and sincere hearts.  When we come together for worship, we are acknowledging God’s greatness and giving Him the glory that is due Him.    It is the expression of love, gratitude, praise and adoration of the only and absolutely adorable God by a heart of faith, trust, penitence, submission, and humility.  When we come together for “worship” we are indeed engaging in a very important and special act of reverence toward the Lord Almighty!
The Psalmist helps us feel the true joy of worship.  Psa. 95:6 “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.”    Psa. 96:9 “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”
In view of all the great enthusiasm that has been expended in worship to deity throughout the ages, it is regrettable that the great mass of such worship has been so conducted and directed as to be unacceptable in the eyes of God.  When the children of Israel worshiped the golden calf (Exodus 32), they said that they were worshiping their gods who brought them up out of the land of Egypt.  This was unacceptable.  As we read of the false worship for Baal, Dagon, Ashtoreth, and Molech in the Old Testament, or of the modern “gods” of men, we are made to realize that in order for worship to be acceptable it must not only be directed to the one true God, but that it must also be according to God’s divine directions.
These idol worshipers might have claimed that they were worshiping the supreme creator of the universe, just as were the Israelites, even though they called him by other names.  Yet, no matter how sincerely performed, worship is not acceptable to God unless it is done according to His divine instructions.  God destroyed them for this idolatry and vain worship.
How grateful we should be that God has shown us how to express our worship in a way that He approves.  Perhaps there is no greater need than defining of what is appropriate, and then the enrichment of our worship to Him.    

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