|Posted on May 7, 2017 at 4:50 PM|
Today I would like to once again return to our topic of worship. So far we have asked 3 questions. What is worship? Do you worship? and, What do you worship? Today we would like to ask another question: Where do you worship? Now obviously this is not the first time this question has been asked. The Bible gives us the story about the woman at the well. She asked Jesus: ‘do we worship this mountain or do we worship at Jerusalem?’
Well, the answer that He gave is not what she was expecting. He said, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: ...” (John 4:23). You may ask the question: “So, when people say that they like to go to the mountains or to the beach on Sunday because they feel closer to God then that is perfectly ok? Right? Well, that all depends on a couple of things. The first question is: Who are they worshiping? Some people truly do go to these places and worship God, they see His fingerprints on the things that He has made and are struck with awe at the wonder and power of the Creator. They find their spirit drawn to Him in worship and in praise. Sounds good, doesn't it? Haven't most of us had a similar experience? We could certainly say that this is worshiping God in spirit, but is it worshiping God in truth? Can’t the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim do the same thing? Even an atheist can have a similar ‘spiritual’ experience. The simple truth is that seeing and experiencing nature in all its glory can have a powerful impact upon anyone, but that doesn't mean that they are worshiping the One and only True and Living God. The truth is, people are, most likely, simply seeking the experience for their own pleasure, because it makes them feel good. This, I’m afraid, is more self worship than it is God worship. Now please, don’t misunderstand, I am not saying that people are never drawn to worship God when they look at nature. After all, the Bible tells us that “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) As a believer, I find myself more and more drawn to Him when I see His handiwork. When I see a sunrise or a sunset, when I look up at the stars in wonder. As I realize that my God and Savior made these stars and everything else through the power of His word I am drawn to worship Him. When I see his Hand in creation I am truly humbled as I realize just how small I am and yet I realize that He loves me and gave His Son to die in my place. So, Yes I do believe that we can worship God in the mountains and we can worship God at the sea shore, but I have much more to say about this than we have time and room to talk about today. We will have to pick this back up on another occasion.
- Pastor Tim