Worship turns up in scripture 544 times. 544. That is a pretty significant number, so it feels very much as though worship might be something vital to our journey, and relationship with God.

Throughout the scriptures, God’s people worshiped through prayer, sacrifice, offering, tears, song, instrument, financial gifts, and in their life decisions. Regardless of whether in joy, or in mourning, in peace time or war, the people of Yaweh sought to reach out to Him, and create space within themselves, where they could commune and do life with Him. Worship wasn’t just something reserved for a Sunday morning church service, or a Wednesday night prayer meeting, but history reveals that those who truly sought the face of God were intentional about seeking Him daily.

Worship is not an act – it is a position. Whatever we do, when we do it to the best of our ability, and to the glory of God, is worship. When we operate in our gifts and talents, others will see the anointing of God on us – not that we would be honored as great, but that we would be able to reveal how very good our God is to us. Remember, it is His will that none would perish – everything He does is to point people to His love – one of the ways He accomplishes this is through us. 

We, partner with God, in bringing His life and light to everyone we come into contact with.

Whatever you do today, do it with joy. Today I am washing clothes, dishwasher running, and spending time praying for the needs of others – all of it is worship and brings me deeper into His presence…

With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God.
So don’t put up with anyone pressuring you in details of diet, worship services, or holy days. All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ.
[ To Be Bold with God’s Gifts ] Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion.
Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.
 

 

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