Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. - Mark 12:30
WONDER ABOUT IT:
God wants all of you! God doesn’t want a part of your life. He asks for all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. He is not interested in halfhearted commitment, partial obedience, and the leftovers of your time and money. He desires the full devotion, not little bits of your life.
The kind of worship that pleases God has four characteristics:
- God is pleased when our worship is accurate.
Worship must be based on the truth of Scripture, not our opinions about God. To worship in truth means to worship God as he is truly revealed in the Bible.
- God is pleased when our worship is authentic.
It is not just a matter of saying the right words; you must mean what you say. Heartless praise is not praise at all! It is worthless, an insult to God.Forms of worship mentioned in the Bible: confessing, singing, shouting, standing in honor, kneeling, dancing, making a joyful noise, testifying, playing musical instruments and raising hands.
But the best style of worship is the one that most authentically represents your love for God, based on the background and personality God gave you.
- God is pleased when our worship is thoughtful.
Love God with all your mind. He do not want a repetitive words on worship. Try praising God without using the words praise, hallelujah, thanks or amen. Instead make a list of synonyms and use fresh words like admire, respect, value, revere, honor and appreciate. Also try the idea of worshiping God in his different names and focus on them.
- God is pleased when our worship is practical.
In Old testament, God pleased with burnt offerings and sacrifices. But now He is pleased with different sacrifices of worship: thanksgiving, praise, humility, repentance, offerings of money, prayer, serving others and sharing with those in need. When Jesus said, “love God with all your strength, he pointed out that worship takes effort and energy. It is not always convenient or comfortable.
REFLECT ON IT:
When you praise God even when you don’t feel like it, when you get out of the bed to worship when you’re tired, or when you help others when you are worn-out, you are offering a sacrifice of worship to God. That pleases God.
Search and sing “The Heart of Worship.
The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.