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Make Worship Genuine

    This was the title of our Sunday School lesson a few weeks ago.  It asks the question,  “What is genuine worship?”  Do we know or understand what genuine worship is?  What makes up genuine worship?  I think the answer is found in defining what worship is and is not.  So many times we get confused about worship.  It is a word that is thrown around so much these days. We have worship services, worship events, worship albums, worship songs, and the list goes on and on of all of the things we link with the word “worship.”  Take a moment and think about worship and what you think it means?  Often we weigh down worship with the things that God has done for us.  I am guilty of this and I am sure each and everyone of you are as well.  But God’s worthiness of being worshiped should not be limited to just what He does for us.  What if God never did another thing for us, would He not still deserve our deepest adoration and praise?  The answer is “yes” because He is God and His power is not limited to just providing for us or doing our bidding.  His worthiness should not be attached to how grateful we are for what He has done for us.

As an example, have you ever been around a young girl that is in love with a particular band?  She knows everything about the band members.  She knows their birthdays, the color of their eyes, what their favorite color is, their favorite food, and could talk about them for hours.  She is worshipping the group even though she probably has never seen them in person and the group has certainly never done anything for her, but yet she is  able to worship and adore them.

As Christians, we know who God is, but how many of us know as much about the Creator of the Universe as we should?  How many know there are several different names for God?  Can we talk for hours about God and how much we love Him? You see, when we worship God many times we make it dependant upon us and what God has done for us this week.  We ask ourselves, “Do I feel like worshipping?” God’s worship should never be contingent upon whether we feel like it or not or if He has met our needs this week.  To worship God is to show respect and adoration to God for who He is, because He is worthy to be praised.  I would challenge you to think about the reason you worship.  Where does your motivation come from?

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his, holiness.
Tremble before him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

1 Chronicles 16:28-31

God Bless

Lanny

 

 

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