Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?(Matt. 23:19KJV)
Worship is an integral part of Man’s relation with God. It is a cogent and potent activity that elevates one’s reverence and adulation of God. We ascribe worth to God and offer Him the due reverence as our Lord and Maker when we bow and worship Him.
Worship is an act of due oblation to God as a pertinent acknowledgement of His grace and benevolence toward us; our reverent subscription of our gratitude for His magnanimity in our lives. Worship is ascribing worth to God.
The Bible says’ “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…” (Psalm 95:6-7 KJV) Notice carefully how and why we worship here: we bow down…. and kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is God;…” This is a subtle and important notice we must bear in mind as we worship.
We must be cognizant of this notice and notion as we approach/offer our worship; it must be directed to the Lord our maker. Psalm 100:3-4 (KJV); further says; “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Worship is a necessary subscription to God our maker for the gift of life He alone graciously bestows. Expression of worship include our offerings unto God in songs, rhapsodies, gifts, thanksgivings, kneeling, etc. and such expressions by which/how we wish to direct our worship to God.
Having gained the notice of how and why we worship, it is equally important to know where we must worship God to rather; where God would require His worship. This is very important to God than we could vaguely imagine.
God takes a good and important notice of the place He is worshipped. Often many have misconstrue the item or expression of worship as more important than where the worship is offered and so in their bid to claim of giving an “impressive” object of worship have ignored the necessary place of the worship about which God gives higher importance.
The “Altar” (place or point of issuing or worship) is far more important to God than the offering placed on it. It is necessary therefore to understand what altar God looks to when we worship Him. Consider what God says; “The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”(Isaiah 66:1-2 KJV)
Our hearts is the true altar upon which we truly worship; it is not what is in our hand God looks to but what is in our hearts when we approach Him or worship Him. It is our hearts that makes (sanctifies) what our hands bring to God; let us gain this important notice lest we offer the oblation of fools and thereby loose the latent intent of worship. He saith; “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”Prov. 23:26 KJV) God will not ignore His worship from a heart … trembleth at my word. Be wise!
I pray the Holy Spirit will illuminate our lives with the light of the Scriptures in Jesus Name