Worship 28

John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.

Amos 5:21 “I hate, I reject your festivals, Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 “Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; And I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings. 23 “Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; Matthew 15:8 ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME 9 ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'”

Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

The living and true God who has been immutable with immutable purposes created all things for His own purposes and glory. God exists for Himself and does all for His own glory and in that He is holy. The motives of God are for Himself and He exists in love for Himself as triune and the whole universe is a manifestation of His love for Himself and His own glory. There can be no true worship that flows from God that does not have love for God. One of the most basic facts of the universe is that God loves Himself with delight and joy as He does all for His own glory. The worship that He works in the hearts of His people will be focused on Him out of true love.

God created all things for His own glory, yet nothing has the ability to glorify Him in and of themselves (or itself). The sun does not shine of itself and cannot shine unless He who created it upholds it each moment. No one can see His glory unless He opens the eyes to see it. However, the wonder of all created things (non-human beings) declare His glory. The Creator has manifested Himself in all creation. Human beings, however, were created in His image and they are to seek Him and His glory. The God who has lived from all eternity in perfect love shines forth Himself in those who have a renewed image. That image should reflect the love God has for Himself in the lives of those who have His image restored in them.

The Greatest Commandment which teaches us the great privilege it is to be like God and to share in His nature tells us how God is and yet how we are to be like Him. It does not tell us what we can do in our own strength, but it tells us what He can do in us in His strength. God dwells in His people by grace and He loves them by grace and He gives them His love to love Him by grace. As the soul which loves God and delights in the true God asks itself how it is that it loves God and delights in God that soul should know that it is the love of God who grants the soul that love and delight by communicating Himself to that soul.

The concept of worship should be seen and admired by the previous paragraphs. This is how the creature loves God and in this love of God true worship consists. It might also be added that in this true prayer consists as well. Oh how we are to seek God for Himself that He might by His free-grace manifest His love for Himself in us and enable us to love Him. In our love for God His love for us is seen. This, once again, reflects true worship. When the saints come together they are to forget about themselves and in true self-denial be caught up with the glory of God, yet this happens only by free-grace. As the saints of God love God and delight themselves in the worship of God, it is the love of God for Himself and His delight in Himself that is being displayed.

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