Meditation for 11/08/2019
“So he said, ‘Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.’ And Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. ‘What have you done?’ asked Samuel. Saul replied, ‘When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor. So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.’ ‘You acted foolishly,’ Samuel said. ‘You have not kept the command that Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.’” (Deuteronomy 11:13)
In its essence sin perverts good things. Real and genuine worship cam be perverted into false worship. We are always in danger or placing some person or object in the place of supreme worship that belongs only to God. That is precisely why God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham’s obedient response showed that God was more important to him than even his only son Isaac.
In Scripture, worship always has God as the object. The manner and attitude of worship is to be reverential. False worship is worship done in an improper way, with an improper attitude, or to an improper object.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in our worship, help us to always be mindful of why we are going to worship and to Whom we will worship. If our worship does not include the multitude of ways You have blessed us throughout history, and if our worship does not remind us of the eternal salvation You provide through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and if all of this does not glorify the Trinitarian God we are to save, then is false. Instead, let our worship be uplifting because of Your blessings upon us, and eternal salvation awaits all believers in You through Christ, and our worship is always centered upon You alone. It is for this we pray in Jesus’ name this day, and everyday. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If you think Revelation was a historic battle, then it’s time you got back into church!”
“I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have not regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! ‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the desert, O house of Israel? You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god—-which you made for yourselves. Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus.,’ says the Lord, whose name is God Almighty.” (Amos5:21–27)
Try this at your next worship service. Does everything you do honor God? Are the words of the music you sing or hear from the choir a tribute to God? Are the Scriptures read in such a way, that gets your focus on God? Are the words being preached explaining not only the Scriptures of the day, but are they explained in such a way that helps you live your life in honor of God? If the focus of the worship is not helping you in your relationship with God through Christ Jesus, then it is not true worship. So, listen closely beloved, and you make your own assessment of worship based upon the God of all Creation.
Worship, False: (Zechariah7:4-10)
Traditional ceremonies do not constitute worship, if they come from false motives. Worship rituals focus on God, not on selfish human desires. Worship is properly offered by people who help the needy and provide justice in the nation.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion. These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—-shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind, autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—-twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.” (Jude 4:10)
Much of today’s scriptures are based upon Exodus 22:20. To be brief and direct to the point, “False Worship” often centers on self or selfish reasons; thus, it leads us to eternal punishment.
A worship service should begin with music that affirms the Gospel for the service, if not also all scripture for the service. The readings of scripture should be read deliberately and clearly, for all to hear and understand. The Gospel is to be “proclaimed” as the Word of our God. The words of the preacher are to be affirming and clear, for all to hear, and in a way that everyone can relate to them in their everyday lives. Certainly if there is a Eucharist or Communion Service, the focus is to be on the bread and wine, as our Lord taught us. Finally, our closing prayers are to lift us up, to go out into the world we live and work in, to share the Gospel message for all to hear.