WORSHIP, AN OUTPOURING TO GOD
SELECTED READING: Mark 8:27–29 (NKJV)
“Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”
The above verses may seem like an unusual passage of Scripture for a devotion on worship but I think they capture an essential element of Worship that must not be overlooked: acknowledging who God is and ascribing to Him the glory due His name. Peter, in this passage, in a moment of passion and from his heart acknowledged and expressed openly that Jesus is God incarnate, “You are the Christ.” I can just see him passionately and loudly proclaiming to Jesus “You are the Christ!” In John 20:28, Thomas when seeing the resurrected Christ exclaimed “My Lord and my God!” Worship indeed!
As I write this devotion, in just a few hours we will gather at Peavine to “worship in spirit and in truth” corporately. I wonder if even now our hearts are filled to overflowing with expectation and the idea “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10–11
In the Book of Revelation, John gave us a few glimpses into what it will be like in Heaven in the very presence of God almighty and the worship that we will experience. In Revelation 5:11–13 we read, “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” We can only imagine what it will be like!
In Revelation 4:8, “The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” Are you excited yet?
In his book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald S. Whitney wrote, “The Bible reveals God to us so that we may focus on Him, and to the extent we focus on Him we will worship Him. So, if there’s little revelation of God, there is little focus on God. And if there is little focus on God, there is little worship of God.
“WORTHY IS THE LAMB”
Conversely, much revelation of God fosters much focus on God, which in turn evokes much worship of God."
I challenge you today, and every day, to focus much on God, spend time talking to Him in prayer and reading His revelation of Himself to us in Scripture so that your worship will be great and an outpouring of praise to Him alone who is worthy.
PRAYER GUIDE FOR TODAY:
Pray for Pastor Joel and Sherry.
Pray for the staff.
Pray for the church that we would be filled by God’s Holy Spirit with the knowledge of God that will result in an outpouring of worship to God.
Pray for yourself that God would continue to reveal Himself to you resulting in praise and worship in your heart.