Thursday, August 14, 2008

Order to Worship

"Come, bless God, all you servants of God! You priests of God, posted to the nightwatch in God's shrine, Lift your praising hands to the Holy Place, and bless God. In turn, may God of Zion bless you— God who made heaven and earth!" (Psalm 134 - The Message)

Have you ever thought or said something like, "worship was great today. I loved the songs, they spoke to me. I hope we sing ____ . The band was good today...etc." In other words, we come to worship God hoping and expecting that our own needs and preferences are met...and if they are, we think worship is good. This isn't an indictment on anyone, we all do it...I do it. However, this Psalm is a good reminder for all of us as to our approach to worship;

I've said it before, but it bears remembering, there is an order to worship. Put simply, we worship God first and foremost simply because of who He is. He desires our worship. Remember the demands that Moses made on Pharaoh? "Let my people go so they can worship me." Our motive should not be self-seeking, but instead should be God-pleasing. And we know from John 4 that the kind of worship God is seeking is those who worship in spirit and truth. True, most often when we worship God He does choose to bless us, and loves to do that...however, this cannot be our primary motivation for worhsipping God.

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