Respond: A Call to Authentic Worship (Part 13)
How do we worship? What are we “allowed” to do while still being reverent before the Lord, worshiping in spirit and truth? What is God's desire for our worship? Does He give us the right to pick and choose how we worship?
Over the course of this multi-part devotional, we will discover and learn the ways that we can actively worship God when we come together as the gathered Church. We are told in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth that our mere existence, even eating or drinking, can be worship to God; so we understand that our worship is not confined to a time or a place—it is a lifestyle. This mini-series is intended to develop our worship as it pertains to the intentional physical and spiritual acts that we do during our worship. Granted, these things can (and should) be done whether we are at church or not. My hope is that churches and believers everywhere, will experience true freedom in worship together—a glimpse into what heaven may be like one day. God desires us to worship in this way. Let’s learn together.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT)
Part 13: Our Spiritual Posture - Our Hearts
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45 (NIV)
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21 (NLT)
“Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (VOICE)
“May the words that come out of my mouth and the musings of my heart meet with Your gracious approval, O Eternal, my Rock, O Eternal, my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (VOICE)
“All my heart will give thanks to You, Eternal One. I will tell others about Your amazing works.” Psalm 9:1 (VOICE)
God desires our whole heart, so it is natural that we should love Him fully in every situation; however, what goes in is what comes out. We need to be feeding ourselves scripture and meditating on it day and night, allowing our hearts and minds to be made full of what is good and pleasing to the Lord. God desires to reveal more to us, and He often does so through reading the Word. If our treasure is in Christ, our hearts will be in Him as well. There are many things that vie for our love, so we need to be on guard, protecting our hearts at any cost. Let us love Christ deeply and fully.