Worship And The Bible And The Church
Churches often call their services Worship Services. What is worship? Worshipping God means attaching worth or value to Him. It includes saying wonderful things about Him. It means believing wonderful things about Him. It includes obeying Him. It includes everything that we might do for Him. Our worship must include appropriate actions. Many of the things we do that are not worship are actually insulting to God, the opposite of worship.
For instance, we are commanded to Study the Word in 2 Timothy 2:15. When we do not do that, our action or lack of action says to God You are not worth obeying or Your Word is not worth studying. When we disobey the command in Hebrews 10:25 to be a part of a Christian fellowship, our actions say to God You are not worth going to church for.
Some believe they are worshipping God out in the wilderness without a Bible. One can worship God in that setting and in that way, but if it excludes obeying the instructions in the Bible, it is not worship of God. Most who do that are not escaping to God -- they are escaping from Him. Much of what we think of as worship is not worship. Whatever we do when we think we are worshipping God will be an insult to Him if we are doing it for the wrong motive. Even attending church or reading the Bible can be an insult to God if we do it for the wrong reasons. If we attend church to please our mother or our wife without a thought about pleasing God or obeying Him, we are in a sense worshipping the mother or the wife. We are by our action saying to that mother or wife you are worth pleasing. Pleasing your mother is wonderful but we really need to show God Himself by our actions that He is worth pleasing and obeying. If you worship God it means you will go out of your way for Him. It means you are willing to be personally inconvenienced for Him. Worshipping God means that you value His will more than your own will. Worshipping God means you attach more importance to Him than you do to yourself.
The Bible says that God is worthy of our undivided attention twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. We should acknowledge our inability to give Him twenty four hours a day. When we get to heaven we will be a different kind of person than we are here on earth. We will be able to give Him 24/7 and we will be delighted to do it.
Psalm 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord*s name is to be praised.
Do you read the Bible? Do you value it? Much to my surprise, the more I read the Bible or listen to it on CD the more delightful it becomes. To me the truths of the Bible are better than treasure. (By the way, treasure that is worth anything is down deep. You can*t find it by just scratching the surface.)
Why not get started with the Bible today. Be careful with your answer because any excuse you might make up to avoid the Bible will be an insult to God. Period.
When I first became a Christian I started with the books of First and Second Samuel. I wanted to read about the adventures of David. I read a verse that thrilled me there in spite of my probably starting in a poor place and starting there for a wrong reason. 1 Samuel 25:29b: . . . but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God; . . . Those words were spoken by the wise woman Abigail to David. What a thrill it was for me to realize that had happened to me as well as David. I too was . . . bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God; . . . I have been finding treasures in God*s Precious Word ever since.
Won*t you give the Bible a chance?
Deuteronomy 8:3b: . . . that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
Psalms 19:7-8: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Do you read it? Do you meditate on it? Do you study it? Do you love it? Is it important to you? Has it changed your heart and life? Has it changed your eternal destiny?
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