Work or Worship?
Isaiah 58:6-9 (NLT)
6 “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.
7 Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
8 “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
9 Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.
What is your attitude about worshipping God? Does Sunday morning or whatever day you have chosen feel just like another day at work? Do you look forward expectantly to singing praises to God and learning more about Jesus? When you use your smart phones or pads, are you reading the scripture passages or planning tomorrow’s schedule? God does not accept false worship. You know, the kind of worship where you are watching the clock and waiting for it to strike high noon. Just as he was upset with the Israelites about performing sacrifices only for tradition’s sake, He doesn’t like half-hearted worship. He wants our full attention and He deserves it. God inhabits the praises of His people. But not that shallow stuff. 3 songs, prayer, collection, sermon, prayer and we are good for the week. Not so, my brothers and sisters. God has something to say to us, give Him your time and your full attention. He is looking at your heart. Have you falsely accused? Have you caused someone else to have to carry a part of your load? Have you encouraged anyone today? Have you given any charitable donations or worked in a local ministry to feed or clothe the poor and needy? If not, then God does not consider that you have worshipped Him properly. Humble yourself before the Lord and ask Him to show you where he needs you to work in His kingdom. Practice this and you will look forward to meeting with the Lord anytime, anywhere. The joy of your salvation will be restored.
Perhaps we can relate ‘worship’ to being in love! When we are in love, we worship that person, in that our thoughts are always on them, we want to talk to them, be with them, share with them our emotions and needs, we want to please them, do what they ask us to do. So if we can’t truly comprehend ‘worship’ — perhaps we need to ask ourselves why we aren’t totally in love with God. It’s not a matter of the way we worship — but what is the reason we worship. Praise Him for the thoughts and understanding He puts in our minds — He truly does want us to understand and love Him for who He is! Amen!