What is Worship?

Today's Bible reading: Exodus 29:42-46

Through the years I’m sure you have heard friends and acquaintances give any number of excuses for not going to church.  One of the comments occasionally heard is: “I don't get much out of going to church.” My initial reaction to this kind of comment is to think: “Wow – the forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation aren’t good enough for you?”  It’s not to say that, at times, there may be something we could attend to in our public worship.  However, such a comment reflects a very incomplete understanding of what worship is really all about.  In worship we acknowledge Who God is – we confess His holiness.  We adore Him because He is Godthe giver of every good and perfect gift.  If we’re not worshiping God, we will be worshiping something …some other false God.

Yet the heart of worship in the Old Testament – as now for us - is what God offers us.  Exodus 29:43 gives us the essence of worship in a nutshell, where He says: “There [at the tent] I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by My glory.”  God wants to meet His people … to speak to them … to make them holy … to assure them that He wants to dwell among them with His holy presence, in order to bless them.

Prayer: Rejoice that, through Jesus, we can "draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith" (Heb. 10:22) and receive forgiveness of our sins.  Amen.