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Sacrifice of Worthship

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Sacrifice of Worthship

“You must worship the LORD your God
and serve only Him.”
(Matt. 4:10 NLT)

What is ‘worship’? How does the Bible define it?

Combined, the Hebrew words for ‘worship’ mean to bow down to royalty or God, humbly beseech, do reverence, do obeisance, and so on. The Greek words combined mean to prostrate oneself in obeisance or reverence, honor, adore, venerate, praise, minister to God, serve, and so on.

Our English word for ‘worship’ comes from the Old English word ‘worthship.’ To worship Almighty God is to bow down in reverence to Him because He is worthy, to acknowledge His divinity, to bow in humility and obedience, to bow to His will, His plan, and His purpose by relinquishing one’s own agenda, to bow in service to Him with one’s life, to honor Him as the One True God.

Do you seek God’s face just to worship Him?

Do you seek the Lord’s Presence or His presents? Do you seek His handout or His hand?

If I asked you to answer, without thinking, what you love the most, what would be your immediate response? Is it your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, your house, your bank account, your investments, your career, your physical appearance, your morning Starbucks? Jesus asks you, “Do you love “Me” more than these others?” (John 21:15 TLB)

First place in one’s heart should be reserved for God alone, as scripture says, “What does the Lord your God require of you except to…love Him, and to worship Him with all your hearts and souls?” (Deut. 10:12a,13a TLB)

Matthew Henry said, “Those cannot worship God aright who do not worship Him alone.”

What is a sacrifice of worship?

According to the English definition, sacrifice means, in part, an animal or possession offered to a deity especially for homage, or the surrendering of something prized for something considered to be of a higher or dearer value.

It is that which costs you something in order to obtain something greater, that which is given out of a heart of humility, love, pain, grief, suffering, lack, abundance, or obedience.

The prophet Micah asked, “What shall I bring to the LORD, the God of heaven, when I come to worship Him?” (Micah 6:6a GNB) Whatever the gift that a petitioner brought to the Lord in the ancient temple, the heart had to accompany it; otherwise, God rejected it. God said to Judah, “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me [unless they are the offering of the heart]?” (Is. 1:11 Amp)

How lavish is your worship of the Creator’s worthship?

What is my favorite lavish gift of worship in the Bible? It is this…

The New Testament relates several from-the-heart, sacrificial worship gifts of expensive oil given to the Lord. According to one in the book of Mark, before Jesus’ betrayal, as He reclined at the table at Simon the leper’s house, a woman broke open her beautiful, alabaster passion box, full of the extremely valuable, perfumed oil of spikenard. As she lovingly poured it upon Jesus’ head, it probably trickled down His cheeks, seeped into His beard, and gently dripped upon His shoulders, saturating His garment.

In Eastern culture, the garment of the bridegroom is saturated with rich perfumes. This woman lovingly poured out her precious possession upon the heavenly Bridegroom which permeated His garment. Almost as prophetic words, the Shulamite woman says of her beloved in the beautiful Song of Solomon, “While the king is at his table, my spikenard sends forth its fragrance.” (SOS 1:12 NKJV)

Don’t you know that throughout those long hours of His agony in the garden, during His betrayal, and in the courtyard of His judgment, and until that garment was removed, Jesus breathed in that sweet, sacrificial aroma of love poured out upon Him? Maybe this scripture echoed in His Spirit, “The odor of your ointments is fragrant, your name is like perfume poured out.” (SOS 1:3 Amp)

As some of the disciples were indignant at what they perceived as this woman’s expensive waste, Jesus defended her, “Let her alone, why must you make her feel uncomfortable?” “She has done Me a most gracious service.” (Mark 14:6a Phillips, Mark 14:6b Weymouth)

The most gracious sacrifice of worship from the heart is one that glorifies the Lord with all of one’s life. A heart that is humbled and repentant before Him will “offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ,” as “a sweet-smelling sacrifice.” (1 Peter 2:5 Amp, Phil. 4:18 NLT)

Is your worship a gift of a sweet-smelling aroma of sacrifice? Do you worship and praise the Lord even when your world comes crashing down around you? When a job is lost, when the bank account is empty, when an event rips apart the family, when a spouse dies at an early age, or when a spouse’s libido finds another outlet, do you still praise the Lord?

A true, sacrificial worship gift costs us the surrender of our hearts, for we sacrifice our emotions to glorify the Lord. It costs us the surrender of our lips, for we sacrifice our praise to God when all seems lost. Whatever it costs, it must come from a loving and willing heart.

Is your worship a sacrificial gift of worthship to the Lord?

~~Blessings, Lynn~~

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