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There Is More to Worship

There is greater meaning to living a life of worship than singing or meeting once in a while at a gathering. There is so much more to worship. We are called to exalt Jesus not simply through a word spoken or a song sung, but by the giving of our lives.

We are called to be devoted to the Lord as living sacrifices, pure and holy. This is a part of true worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all…] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable…service and spiritual worship.”
(Romans 12:1 AMPC, emphasis added)

Making a decisive dedication is a lifetime choice of our free will. It is the devotion of all that we are and all that we have to the Lord. Thankfully, He first pours out His love upon us so that we long to do this because of love for Him. Every bridge is burned, every idol cast down. It is never looking back as we surrender our hearts and lives to our Bridegroom King.

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The Alabaster Box

She too was not esteemed by man. They saw her and they saw sin. They saw her and they said, “worthless.” They saw a past lived in wretchedness. They saw pointless, purposeless. Maybe you too have been perceived in this way before, or have even seen yourself in this way.

He saw treasure. He saw value greater than gold and worth more than silver. He saw purpose, purity, love. He saw one who desired to live for Him, to love only Him, to be only His. He saw one who loved and who loved much. He saw wholehearted devotion, selfless abandonment. He saw her heart.

She risked stoning by the Pharisees, the rejection of society. She pushed back thoughts of pain, death and accusation. Her heart desired after one thing. She wanted only to give Him the worship due Him, to pour out her love to Him. She relinquished concerns of what the religious and her society would say. She wanted only to give Him all her devotion, all her worship.

The Alabaster Box

He saw love. He saw pure beauty, true value. He treasured not merely her act of love and worship, but her heart for Him. Was she perfect? No. But it was no matter to Him, for He declared her lovely and worth it all.

And she poured out her worship at His feet. Valuable oil flowed from the vessel of alabaster. She gave her life’s inheritance, contained in that jar, all to anoint Jesus’ feet. She gave of her heart even more, the oil merely a symbol of the priceless gift of her love and worship. She chose the good part.

He saw more than a vessel of oil, more than an inheritance given. He saw her. He saw a heart surrendered, a life given to love Him. He saw not sin, not a blemished past, not a flawed woman to be scorned. He saw a woman highly esteemed by Heaven, one voluntarily giving her love to Him, the one for whom He gave His life.

He saw you. He saw His Bride.

* What do you see? *

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Scriptures: Luke 7:36-50; John 12:1-8; Psalm 27:4; Luke 10:38-42

Worship = WORTHship

The greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27.)

How does this relate to worshiping through singing? Do you love the Lord when you sing to or about Him? Do you give God musical praise with all your strength & effort? Do you sing the words in complete awareness of their meaning & mean itby singing with both your heart & mind?

It takes effort to truly worship. We can’t worship without putting all our strength, all our hearts & all our minds into the picture & expect it to be meaningful to God.

Paul said in the second half of 1 Corinthians 14:15:

“…I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my MIND.

How much worth do you give to God in worship? There is no worth in worship if our heart & mind aren’t in it. If our mind is not involved, then how can we worship in truth or in spirit? (John 4:23-24) [Note: The word worship comes from the old English word WORTHship.]

What are the words to the chorus of the song I’m Forever Grateful?

I’m forever grateful to You, I’m forever grateful for the cross
I’m forever grateful to You – That You came to seek & save the lost.

Do you sing these words & mean them as you do? Do you sing them with gratitude that God sought you & sent Jesus, who died for you to save you?

What about the beloved hymn Amazing Grace? We may have sung it 1,000 times & know every verse in memory, yet never truly engaged our minds as we sang the words:

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

Is God’s grace amazing to you? Is it a sweet sound? Do you sing the words with meaning, in thanksgiving to Him for loving you so much that He saved you?

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This is a devotional I’ve worked up & am thinking of doing with our choir. Feel free to offer your own ideas, reflections & continuations of this. I’m also curious if any of you out there do devotionals with your worship teams or choirs? It would be wonderful if you would share! :)