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Five Things that Bring God Pleasure 2- Worship

Five Things That Bring God Pleasure
Day 2: Worship
Jonathan Draper

“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’” (John 4:21-24, ESV)
“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. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2, ESV)
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:1-5, ESV)

As we continue our study of things that bring God pleasure, let’s focus on the topic of worship. The dictionary defines worship as “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.” Simply put, worship is giving God what is due unto Him. True worship flows out of love and a heart that desires to give God what He deserves. How exactly are we supposed to give God what He deserves?

When I think of worship, my mind immediately goes to a church service where hymns are sung, prayers are offered up, money is given, and thoughts that are on our hearts are shared with the rest of the congregation. Yes, these are all forms of worship, but Romans 12:1 reminds us that our bodies are to be given as a living sacrifice to God. This means worship can include serving others, generosity, a general attitude of respect and reverence, fulfilling a role, working hard, etc.
The beauty of the truth that the Lord Jesus reveals in John 4 is that, under the New Covenant, we are able to worship wherever we are. In order to worship Him in spirit and in truth, we must worship with a right attitude. Worship is not just about the action, for we are far too capable of going through the motions or only doing what we feel we have to. True worship comes from the heart; it can be spontaneous or planned, but in either sense, worship should be for the glory of God.

True worship is a delight to the Father, and it should be the desire of a Christian to give Him what is due Him. Worship can be spontaneous, but it should also be thoughtful and purposeful. We are not called to worship haphazardly but are called to turn our lives over to Him. To follow the call of Romans 12:1 and present our bodies as living sacrifices, our lives should be characterized by worship. It is not limited to Sundays, as noted above, but it can be expressed on any day of the week and in different ways.

We serve a God that deserves to be worshipped. He is perfect, loving, omniscient, and has designed us to be worshipers. We were not created for our own glory but for His glory! What a blessing it is to be able to give God what He deserves. It would be my prayer that each one of us would have a desire to present ourselves as a living sacrifice and give God the worship He deserves.

Great God of wonders! All thy ways
Display thine attributes divine;
But the bright glories of Thy grace
Above Thine other wonders shine:
Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

-Charles Wesley

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