Worship and Us
“Worship only me, the LORD your God! I will bless you with plenty of food and water and keep you strong.” (Exodus 23:25, CEV)
While worship is primarily something that we offer to God, the amazing thing is that it has so many “spill-over” blessings to us as well! Let’s look at just some of the things that the Bible says happens when we give ourselves to worship.
First, worship helps us to experience God’s presence. When Solomon prayed and dedicated the temple in the context of worship, we read that “the glory of the Lord filled the temple” (2 Chronicles 7:1). When John had his vision, he was suddenly aware of “a door standing open in heaven” (Revelation 4:1) drawing him into God’s presence and the worship of angels.
Second, worship helps us experience God’s transformation. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai “he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord” (Exodus 34:29). He didn’t know it; but he’d been changed. It really is quite impossible to meet with God and come out the same (if we do come out the same, then we haven’t worshipped!).
Third, worship brings us God’s blessing. God promises that if we will worship and serve only Him, then this will lead to blessing in our lives, as our opening verse promises; but if we direct our worship to other gods or other things, we will only bring a curse upon ourselves: “If you worship other gods, the LORD will become angry and keep the rain from falling” (Deuteronomy 11:16-17, CEV).
Fourth, worship increases our faith. The more we focus on God, the more we see how big He is; and the more we see how big He is, the more we grasp how He is able to answer our prayers; and the more we see how He is able to answer our prayers, the more faith we have! As Jehoshaphat put it, “Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld” (2 Chronicles 20:20).
But remember: these things come to us, not because we search for them, but because we search for God. May God help us so to focus on Him as we worship and pray that all these things become part of our growing experience!
Seek me and live. (Amos 5:4)
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