The Cause of Worship - August 16th
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
The word "worship" has lost much of its intended meaning over time. The first mention of worship in the Bible is when Abraham was preparing to sacrifice his son, Isaac unto the Lord. Though God intervened at the last moment, sparing Isaac, it was the act of obedience that was worship unto God. Now, the term usually refers to music and therefore misses the deeper meaning of sacrifice and service to God. The question is, what would cause us to desire to sacrifice our lives?
Peter comments in 1 Peter 2, that we are chosen people of God and that our purpose is to "proclaim the praises of Him." Why proclaim? Because God has called us out of darkness and into marvelous light. He has saved us and made us His children. This is why we worship and why we are willing to sacrifice for our God and King. He has been so good to us that we cannot help but respond in the truest sense of worship. It is the loving mercy and grace of our Heavenly Father that compels us to seek Him, love Him and live for Him.
Life Lesson: When we come to realize all that Christ has done for us, we cannot help but worship Him.
I am in awe of Your unending, unconditional love. Because of Jesus' death and resurrection on my behalf, I am able to be free from the bondage of sin and future condemnation. You are so good to me, and I desire to respond with a life of surrender to you. Fill me with Your Spirit and help me to live a life of love and service for You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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