Worship IV: Altar of Worship

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Worship IV: Altar of Worship

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

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Worship III: The Latter Rain

Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. (Zech: 10:1). 

Rain is an intentional element to cater and refresh the content of the Earth. It is the essential fluid (liquid) that makes water circulation complete and Life possible on the Earth. Water is the primary and crucial test for life in any terrain. The vast and quest in cosmic exploration is essentially test for water to validate life. If Water is present then life is possible.

The unique features of Water are astounding and a credit to the ubiquitous intelligence that pervades the creations of God. Though colorless, odorless, and without taste, Water compasses and refreshes our being and environment and makes continuing existence possible. Water is intentional and essential for Life and rain is an integral phase that makes Water recurrent. We honor God for His ingenuity.

Now about rain; the Bible says something that must elicit our interest, “…rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater” (Isaiah 55:10).This verse provides prognostic effect of Rain and its essence about which we must pause and gain truth.

The product and the serial effect of Rain are miraculous;… give seed to the sower and bread to the eater. This is simply astounding. God be thanked for Rain, otherwise there will be neither seed nor bread for man. We need to think here; God had a purpose for Rain and its essence is far-reaching in its effect. The earth is en-graced by Rain. Rain gives grace, enablement and empowerment to the Earth; … maketh it bring forth and bud.

Consider (again) how the Bible describes the effect of Rain on our Ecosystem; it… watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater. Akin to the copulation that brings forth babies in animals, there is a miraculous interaction (copulation) between the atmosphere and the earth (soil) that I;, being “inseminated” with the rain; the earth produces, otherwise the earth is naught and barren. How necessary, cogent, urgent and exigent for us to understand the need and time for necessary “Rain”, identify its penitent contribution and input on our lives and endeavor. Fertilization is a vital part of production, ideas, theories, earth, plants and animals are all in some way or the other “rained” upon to produce and bring forth after their respective other and type. Our ideas, families, careers, etc. need to be “Rain-ed” upon to bring forth seed and bread implying the sustenance and prosperity much needed.

God said, “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. (Zech 10:1) and if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. (Mark 4:26-29 KJV)

“Ask ye the Lord for rain; it is the latter rain”  

I pray that the Holy Spirit will illuminate our lives with the Light of the Scriptures in Jesus Name

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Worship II: True Worship

Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (John 4:22 KJV)

Worship is the notion or act of ascribing worth to a thing or person. It is borne by attributed sense of value, appreciation, admiration and veneration for that object. It is incepted and enflamed by conscious and intentional assignment of credit, respect and deference to the object or person as both superior and benefactor. Worship is ascribed adulation to reference one’s surrender to the object and its exaltation as both greater and deserving of oblation. In deeper sense, Worship is scared.

Now, Man (among all creations) was uniquely designed to interact with God. The spirit element in Man separated him from other creations and elevated him to relate with God, his maker. The innate tendency of Man to worship was uniquely designed to make Man reverence his maker, admire His God and ascribe worth to his Master. This unique attribute, though innate was (also) designed to offer Man the proprietary freedom to ascribe worth (Worship) as he may choose.

It is this proprietary freedom that highlights the intentional element of worship and its true constituent. Our intention to proprietarily ascribe worth and elevation to an object or person as both superior and benefactor is the essential and indispensable attribute of worship that makes it wholesome and personal.

Prior to Man’s fall by the deception of the devil, Man had God as his only “object” to Worship, revere and adore. Man was conscious of God as his benefactor and ascribed his highest worth to Him. When questioned of Eve’s allegiance and deference, she said “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You shall not eat from it nor touch it, otherwise you will die.” (Gen. 3:2-3 AMP)

Take Notice of Eve’s reference and deference to God’s instruction. She knew nothing but what God said until she was deceived and confused; and being equipped with the proprietary freedom to choose, she reneged on ascribing worth to what God had said and instead gave her worth to the deceiver’s word and in her words she said, “The serpent beguiled and deceived me, and I ate [from the forbidden tree].” (Gen 3:13 AMP)

Beloved, we need to be both informed and intelligible as we Worship or ascribe Worth. Notice what Jesus said, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (John 4:22 KJV) Some worship what they do not know; that is insidious but hey! It is rampant.

God did not design you and me to ascribe worth or Worship to any lesser being; that is depraved. God is the Exalted One and the Most High. He only deserves to be Obeyed, Worshipped and Revered.

God said, “You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself any idol, or any likeness (form, manifestation) of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth [as an object to worship]. You shall not worship them nor serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous (impassioned) God [[a]demanding what is rightfully and uniquely mine], visiting (avenging) the iniquity (sin, guilt) of the fathers on the children [that is, calling the children to account for the sins of their fathers], to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing graciousness and steadfast lovingkindness to thousands [of generations] of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Be wise.

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What is Worship?

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev. 4:11)

Worship is the act of ascribing worth to a thing or person. It is cogent and logical therefore to expect the worshipper to (worship) ascribe worthy squarely by his/her attributive sense of value of the object of worship. It is the worshipper’s perceived value that motivates his/her worship (ascribed worth) of the object. This is noteworthy. J

It is (therefore) not unexpected that inappropriate worth may be ascribed by the worshipper in an instance; warranted by his/her poor value judgement, insufficient or exaggerated worth may inadvertently be ascribed. This point is well elucidated by the sale option of Auction.

Auction is a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bid, taking bids, and then selling the item to the highest bidder (Wikipedia). It is an unwary manner of determining the worth, price or value of an item by the estimate or imagined value of the Public. During the Auction process, bidders continue to ascribe worth to the item motivated by their respective perceived value of the item. It is their perceived value that actually informs the price each is prepared to pay.

At the conclusion of the Auction, the highest bidder, i.e. the person that ascribed the highest worth to the item becomes its owner; he/she sees or perceives the most value in the item than all others and he is convinced that putting the highest bid price on the item is WORTH it. This in essence is the basis that differentiates every worshipper and item of worship.

Imagine this; “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:  They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” (Psalm 115:4-8)

The point here is, some people see value in idols that “…have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:  They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat”. By the grace of God, having received the Light of the Gospel, one can now see how impoverished a sense of value as this is. Clearly the idol is less intelligent than his worshipper who by the way is its owner. This does not add up. Do not serve idols. It is pernicious, insidious and devious. Please don’t do it. We serve The Lord Christ. (Col. 3:12)

To ascribe appropriate and sufficient worth to the Lord (in our act of worship) it is important that we gain good and accurate sense of value the Lord brings into our lives and living to offer fitting adoration of Him. Consider what the twenty and four elders in Heaven observed and did; “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Let us seek and know the Lord that we may worship Him sufficiently.

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