Trouble Times and Right Worship

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Job 20:5 (AMP and RVR 1960)


CONTEXT:

I wish to depart a little from my normal daily devotional and write about something that seems to be suddenly (due to the recent riots) making a strong return to social media, the need for folks to worship God.

First let me say, that I fully agree with this but it should not take a national crisis like COVID-19 or anarchist rioting and looting in the streets for folks to suddenly get religious and call for it on social media.  

Second, we should all remember as it is written in the book of Job these self righteous degenerates will only be basking in their own glory for a limited time. As I noted in yesterday’s study, Thou Art God, the day will come when we all stand before the Lord without excuse. Where will be there glory then?

Finally, and most importantly for today’s devotion, to all those calling for folks to get back to worshiping God I would ask the question; what kind of worship or how are you worshiping God? Some of you may be asking what does it matter? We go to church we worship this way or that and we have a great experience. 

Before we proceed we need to define worship.  Worship is usually defined as “the act of showing reverence and adoration for a deity by honoring that deity with religious rites.” But worship can go even deeper than that. Worship can be more accurately defined as “the art of losing oneself in the adoration of another.” By this definition, many acts of worship have nothing to do with God or even a presumed deity. People worship rock stars, athletes, and other celebrities. They lose themselves in the adoration of wealth, fame, and power. So there are many worship styles and practices that are idolatrous and therefore unbiblical.”¹

Now let me ask you this; do you believe God is sovereign (Isaiah 45:7)? Do you believe he is worthy to be worshiped (Psalm 42:1)? 

If you answered YES to those two questions then you should instinctively answer YES to these:

There will be false worshipers (John 4:23)

Christ COMMANDS us to worship in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24)

Worship means according to God’s revealed WORD (Christ’s Doctrine; 2 John 1:9) not man’s made up program (Also see Deuteronomy 4:12, Deuteronomy 12:32 and Revelation 22:18–19 )

If you acknowledge the above you and/or your church should be practicing (at least in some form) The Regulative Principle of Worship.  If you truly believe God is in control, worthy of all honor, glory and praise then the only conclusion is:

It is about

WORSHIPING GOD HIS WAY

not ours!


¹ Extract from GotQuestions.org


 

OTHER RESOURCES:

The Regulative Principle of Worship by Greg Price

What is the Regulative Principle of Worship?

The Regulative Principle of Worship, Banner of Truth

The Regulative Principle of Worship by Derek Thomas

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