|Posted on March 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM|
A couple of weeks ago we began this series on worship. We began with the definition. Simply put, it is the acknowledgment of someone’s, or something’s worth or value. It is our expression of, and acknowledgement of the value of that person or thing. This can be done in many different ways. For example, back in the days when people were ruled by kings and queens, it was very common for a person to bow, or bend the knee when they came into their presence. There was a certain etiquette that a person was expected to follow. Failure to do so could cost you your life. In today’s world we don’t deal with this, at least here in America, but we do teach our children to obey their parents. We also teach them to obey their teachers and all those who have authority over them. As adults we still find ourselves in much of the same situation. If we are driving down the road minding our own business and an officer of the law turns his blue light on for us to pull over, it doesn't matter if we were obeying the law or not, we had better pull over or we will suffer very negative consequences. Simply put, we give obedience to those in positions of authority, recognizing their position/ title or the organization they are with. We obey the laws, we pay our taxes, we follow the instructions of our supervisors. We may not always like it, but we generally recognize that these are necessities in maintaining a civilized society.
For our purposes here, we generally use the word worship in reference to some sort of “religious experience”, but I am afraid that in our desire to have an experience we have, far to often, missed worship all together. We are looking for a trade off, something that will make us feel good. Some kind of thrill or emotional experience. In our desire for some sort of “fleshly” experience, I am afraid that we have opened ourselves up to all sorts of experiences that are not good, or Godly. The focus of our worship has been turned away from God and has been focused upon us. We seek to play “Let’s Make a Deal” with God. You give me what I want and I’ll give You what you deserve. Back in the days of Kings and Queens, do you think a person bowed before his king because it made him feel good? No, they bowed because they knew, and were willing to recognize, that their King was their lord and master. It did not matter how they felt. If God is your King you should worship Him with your whole heart whether you ever get an “experience” or not. You must worship Him because HE is worthy!