Sunday, December 18, 2011

One Minute Devotion: Psalm 51:16 & 17

Psalm 51:16 & 17

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

What is worship? What is the meaning of real worship worthy of the one and only God of all? What does that look like? Is it singing praises and hymns both modern and traditional in church? Is it dancing before the Lord as David danced? Is it testifying to others or spending quality time reading and meditating on the scriptures? What is worship? First worship is not for our own edification but  a complete focus honoring God. We may be amazingly blessed in the process, but that is a wonderous side effect and not the primary purpose of worship. It is the act of selflessly seeking to respect, love, and submit to our Lord and Saviour. Even though, we are always the first thing on God's mind, we should be the last person on ours. Second, worship is not an act, it is a lifestyle. It is not a scheduled response or time sensitive process. Worship is a continual, fluid, commitment to serving God as He leads us. Finally, worship is obedience. Before Christ's sacrifice and resurrection, the cleansing of sin and act of true devotion to God was through burnt offering. One was bound to this process in order to commune with the Holy God. That action irraticated through the cross as the veil between God and man was torn in twain. Now we have direct access to God through His Son. However, the identity of worship never changed even though the process did. Worship is still dedicating our lives to Christ, submitting to Him wholly, to forgive and cleans our sins. He gives us the strength, wisdom, courage, and perseverance to be utilized by Him to further His kingdom. What an awe inspiring opportunity, able to have God use us for His glory and will, impacting the world with His love, mercy, and grace. Not because of who we are, but because of who He is. Singing songs of praise, witnessing to others, concentration on His word, all these things are part of worship if they are focused on God and not to feel good or righteous about ourselves. We deserve nothing God gives us everything. All He asks in return is that we allow Him to work within us to transform us into the person He knows we can be. A transformation that will take you places and show you things that will shake the very core of your soul, and raise you higher than you could have ever imagined. Seek ye first, the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Forget about what God can do for you, He has you eternally in his hands, seek Him first and His righteousness, for there is no greater purpose or goal than a deeply intimate relationship with the Most High and creator of all. God bless.

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