Friday, November 30, 2012

Service, Obedience, Precusor to Worship

Worship for the Believer
Service, Obedience, Precursor to Worship

Genesis 24:12–14
12 And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: 14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
Genesis 24:17–21
17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher. 18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. 19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking. 20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels. 21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.
Genesis 24:24–27
24 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor. 25 She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in. 26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the Lord. 27 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.
In this passage, the mission-driven servant prays for the success of his mission with specific requests that only God can provide.  For his mission to be successful, he must find the wife for his master’s son and must have a woman of his master’s family.  When the prayer is answered, so he is certain he has found the God chosen woman, he bows his head and worships God for the success of his mission.
Often, a precursor to sincere worship is the experience of God’s direct intervention giving success to a crucial mission engaged for God.  The believer who is constantly and consistently allowing God to use his willing obedience will find these opportunities to see God work in the success of his work.  These God-intervention experiences lead to worship from a grateful, eager heart without the pseudo-experiences of worship.
The best individual or corporate worship in a church’s worship experience is worship from hearts grateful and eager to praise God for his intervention in the success of their obedience.  The church willing to be obedient and extend their risk of failure for such obedience to God is often able to experience such divine intervention.  The worship will naturally happen increasing the desire for more obedience, divine intervention, and worship.   All adherences to the trappings of worship can never replace this divinely inspired worship.

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