Posted by: SandreS | October 4, 2011

Real Worship

Our lives are to be worship. All of it – every day, in every place, in every circumstance – is where real worship takes place. It’s not reserved for certain times, at specific places or special circumstances.

God can be worshiped easily for His supply of food, clothing, housing and other provisions, although few rarely do even that. He most certainly can be worshiped for His rich provision of redemption, salvation, justification and our glorious allotment in the celestials, even though not many do so regularly. However, the greatest height of worship is not to be found in any of these.

The summit of worship is not in the context of the “good” that we received from the hand of the Lord, but in the “evil.” It is one thing to worship God when things are going “good,” and for things that are “good.” It is quite another issue to  worship Him genuinely when things are not going well at all, when the circumstances are “evil” – even desperately so. To bow our hearts in humble, sincere, submissive worship before Him, when all of our being – our senses, our desires, our passions, our understanding, and our hearts – cringe and recoil from our lot: this is the pinnacle of true worship.

We see this clearly in the account of Job. All at once the circumstances of His life turned horribly wrong. His health, wealth and children were all gone. His weary mind, body and heart – every core part of him – must have demanded a compelling, “No!” Every fiber of his being must have been in active protest. However, something far greater than all of this was in Job’s heart as well: faith in the faithful, sovereign Creator. He knew that everything came from the hand of God – all of the wonderful things in his life, as well as all of this calamity.

Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? (Job 2:10).

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21-22).

Now there is the greatest height of worship: worshipping God in everything – the “good” as well as the “evil,” the “giving” as well as the “taking away.” The worship of God every day, in every place, in every circumstance: this is true worship. When in the face of “evil” and “taking away” we learn with Job to “bless the name of the Lord,” then we, too, will come to know the true meaning of real worship.

I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalm 34:1).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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