The Blessings of Worship

 

     Jehovah—the Almighty, Holy One—is deserving of passionate, sincere worship from every heart and tongue.  Therefore, David writes: “Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength.  Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:1-2). 

     When one genuinely reveres Jehovah’s authority and respects His word, the joyful and solemn expression of His worth-ship and omnipotent sovereignty pours forth.  Jehovah deserves, desires, and demands worship that is in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).

     In Psalm 29:11, David identifies two blessings that are the results of acceptable worship of the true and living God.  He writes, “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”

     Acceptable worship results in spiritual strength.  The inner man is strengthened.  Gathering together to worship is to result in one’s spiritual improvement (1 Corinthians 11:17); it does when done in harmony with God’s written will.

     Acceptable worship results in peace.  Reflecting upon the great I AM’s omnipotence, mercy, love, omnipotence, holiness, grace, and wisdom brings peace to one whose heart is vexed with sorrow, guilt, despair, fear, and anxiety.  “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).  God Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So, we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.  What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6). 

     How sweet and wondrous are the blessings of acceptable worship!

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