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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Results of True Worship

We were created to worship God. Scripture commands that everything that has breath should praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6). We are to worship Him in spirit and in truth, for that is the kind of worship that God seeks (John 4:23). Our worship and our praise should be given with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. We are to worship God and praise Him with our mouths, but our worship should also be evident in the way in which we live.

We worship and praise God because He is worthy of it. Worship is not meant to be for us, but rather for God. It is not meant to make us happy or to make us feel good. But, when we offer God the worship that is due Him, there are benefits that come to us through His grace. True worship does bring benefits for the people of God.

True worship brings guidance. In Antioch, leaders of the church, along with Paul and Barnabas gathered to worship and fast as they sought guidance from the Lord. While they did so, the Holy Spirit spoke to them telling them that they were to set apart both Paul and Barnabas for the work to which the Lord was calling them. Following this instruction. the leaders laid hands on Paul and Barnabas and sent them off to spread the gospel (Acts 13:2-3). When we need guidance from the Lord in our lives, we should start by spending time in worship.

True worship brings deliverance. In Philippi, Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison after Paul had driven a spirit of divination out of a slave girl whose owner profited by her ability to tell fortunes. While in that prison, Paul and Silas did not complain or wallow in self-pity. Instead, they lifted their voices in prayer and song, worshiping the Lord. As they did, a sudden earthquake shook the foundation of the prison, the prison doors were opened, and their shackles came loose. Seeing what had happened, the jailer and his family gave their hearts to the Lord. Not only were Paul and Silas delivered from their imprisonment, but the jailer and his family were also set free from the bondage of sin (Acts 16:25-35). When we need freedom in our lives, we can be sure that we will receive it when we worship the Lord.

True worship also brings a sense of God's presence. When Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, the priests brought the ark of the covenant to its place in that temple, the Most Holy Place. After the priests put the ark in the Most Holy Place, the musicians and singers began to offer praise to God, giving Him the worship He deserved. As they did, the temple was filled with a cloud. The glory of the presence of the Lord was so strong that the priests could not even stand to minister (2 Chronicles 5:13-14). When we offer God worship that comes from our hearts, when we worship Him in spirit and in truth, He will make His presence known to us. And, in His presence, their is fullness of joy.

Worship God because He is worthy. Praise the Lord and lift His holy name. When you offer true worship, it is pleasing to Him and, through His wonderful love and grace, you will be blessed.


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