Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Real worship is not consumerism, but being consumed by God’s greatness.
“Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father?” “What is it, my son?” he replied. “Here is the fire and the wood,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?””
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.”
As a worship leader, I am constantly seeking ways to provoke myself to sincere, passionate worship. This morning I was reading “Face Down” by Matt Redman and read his perspective on the discussion between Abraham and Isaac when they went to the region of Moria to sacrifice to God. This same place is said to have been the place where Christ was ultimately crucified. What a foreshadowing of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s provision.
Abraham and Isaac were going to worship God. Everything that was necessary for their act of worship was there, except for one thing – the sacrifice. The son noticed the need and willingly provided himself. God provided the Lamb.
When we come to worship God, whether it is in our homes or at church, where is our sacrifice? The music is there, the stage is set, and we need to respond.
In an entertainment-saturated society, it can be easy to approach worship in a consumer-like fashion, but worship is not worship if it does not cost us something.
What does this sacrifice look like? It will be different for everyone, but it begins with a contrite heart, provoked to in Holy fear to be in awe of the sacrifice that God made for us. Complacency is not on the altar, nor distracted sheep going through the motions. No, just grateful hearts, spared death, alive in Christ, laying down their burdens and overcome with God’s amazing love. Basking in His Word, afresh with new revelation, we lie prostrate before the King of kings.
Lord, we worship YOU! You are Holy, perfect and beyond our comprehension. Help us to worship You in spirit and truth. Be glorified in our worship services and provoke our hearts to sincere worship.