How do we view worship? Is it an obligation, one born out of duty or performance-based religion? Or is it something that we earnestly long to express, out of a sense of profound gratitude and thankfulness for what Jesus Christ has done (sacrificially making grace available to all)? When worship is an obligation it is emotionally lifeless. But when worship is earnest, and energized with thankfulness, it is a contagious celebration. In short, worship, in whatever fashion it is conveyed (reading Scripture, donating time to a ministry, teaching a biblical study, singing, giving an offering, etc.) is an opportunity – an opportunity to praise the everlasting Lord.
God knows our heart, and He knows the fullness of our intent. In Psalm 43:4 the psalmist candidly, and openly, revealed a fondness for publicly showing an affection for, and an allegiance to, God. The psalmist viewed worship as an opportunity to renew, and recalibrate, the heart. This was not a mandatory chore, but rather a cherished decision to acknowledge the all-powerful, all-loving Lord. So is this kind of worship perspective present in believers today? If not, it should be.
Psalm 43:4 “Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (7/4/2019)