The Sabbath may be one of the most misunderstood gifts of God. He has made it available as a gift to be opened and enjoyed. It is a special place in time–a sanctuary where time can be spent with him, delighting in his pleasure.
“… and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.” Genesis 24:48
What an incredible recounting of the miraculous working of the LORD. All through the Bible, we see again and again how God is working His plan for His purpose. This servant is shown the mighty power of God. I wonder what he thought as he traveled. Abraham had been very clear in his instructions. Was the servant fearful of coming back without a wife? He had great riches with him. Was he concerned about getting it there? All the while he traveled, was he praying? Then he arrives and God is so gracious to answer the prayer even before it was finished. I don’t want to miss the fact that the prayer was offered in and came from the servant’s heart (24:45). God is ready to answer my prayers—even before I finish them. Am I careful to bow down and worship Him when He shows His miraculous hand?
Dear Lord, help me learn from the response of the servant. Help my heart to be a heart of prayer. Help me not try to solve my own problems and find my own solutions, but rather, to pray to You and wait for You to show Your mighty hand. Then, Lord, call me to fall down and worship You and to praise Your name. Amen.
Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the earth. Genesis 11:4
So, here is the issue of worship at its core. God calls me to worship Him and my flesh wants only to worship myself. The tower was being built to directly oppose the command of God. He had said that the people should spread out. They were building the tower so they would not have to obey. They were worshiping their own thoughts and desires.
How will I worship God? How will I worship Him alone? How many times have I started building a tower of my own thoughts that are actually in opposition to God? What are my towers of disobedience? I must tear them down so that I can worship my sweet, precious God in spirit and in truth and in obedience.
Dear Lord, please show me all the areas in my life that place me in opposition to You. Show me the towers of disobedience in my life and lead me to the beautiful adoration of You for which I have been designed. You alone are worthy of my praise and my worship. Amen
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1
We are designed to worship God. Sin has defiled that worship and caused us to worship many other things instead. But what is worship and what makes worship God centered? Donald Whitney has said, “The word worship comes from the Saxon word weorthscype, which later became worthship. To worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify His worthiness of praise, or better, to approach and address God as if He is worthy.” At its core, worship is giving worth in your heart to God.
Godly worship is: A follower of Jesus engaged in a moment by moment desire and decision to focus on and respond, in thanksgiving, to the only true God, finding the delight that comes from being constantly and consciously aware of his presence as he delights in them.
Notice a few things about the definition above. Moment by moment. Desire and decision. Focus on and respond to the only true God. With thanksgiving. Finding delight in the One who delights in you. Constantly and consciously aware of his presence. Ponder each of those phrases today as you consider how you live out a life of worship to God. How do you consider God worthy in each moment of this day?
Godly worship is wanting nothing from God, other than his presence, and finding that everything is found only in him. It is realizing that nothing you bring to him makes you worth more to him. It is not that you are worthy to worship because of the gifts you bring, it is that he is worthy because of who he has made you to be. You adore him as one of his children and find the joy of serving him in all that you do because you are constantly aware of his presence. Today, seek to be aware of God’s presence in each and every moment of your life and worship him there!