Worship Me, but not in their way

Lately God has been teaching me so many things in the ways that I had never thought about. It is amazing whenever I realize how much more room for growth is there in my understanding of my Father’s heart. To name a few, I learned the purpose of the Law in the lives of people who are redeemed, the unceasing love and grace of God for those who trust Him, the mercy of God that stretches even for thousands of generations of the few who trust Him, the unfailing faithfulness of God in keeping His promises even when we are not ready …

And today, I learned that we can not and must not worship Him while doing things that God hates.

You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. (Deut. 12:31 / NIV)

This verse made me think about how I have been worshiping Him, and there I fell on my knees. So many times, I had something other than God in my heart even when I thought I was worshiping Him. I was halfhearted, hypocrite, proud and arrogant. I went before Him while being unforgiving, unloving, and unsatisfied. I presented myself with unrepented sins before God and wondered why I could not enjoy in His presence. I pray that the Spirit would give me a clean heart that would reflect Christ, my Lord and Savior. I pray that God would make me desire His presence and enjoy the fullness of life He gave through His Son Jesus Christ.


When We Encounter God

24 And you said, “The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a man can live even if God speaks with him. 25 But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer. 26 For what mortal man has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived?” (Deuteronomy 5:24-26 / NIV)

These words of the people of Israel pleased God. The people had the fear of the LORD that God always deserves from his creation. In this passage, Moses was talking about the encounter that he and the people of Israel had at the Mount Sinai (Exodus 19). There the people encountered God so vividly, so closely. The majesty and the glory of God were manifested before them. They heard the voice of the living God. They realized who God is, how great, powerful, majestic, glorious, pure and holy He is. They realized who they were before Him. They were humbled. They were ready to obey. They feared Him. The fear of the LORD came from their recognition of who God is and resulted in reverence, awe, and worship.God was teaching me through this passage that my encounter with Him should bear the same results. My growth in the knowledge of God should humble myself and make myself “quick” in obedience. When I am arrogant and prideful because of what I know about God and his creation, I know that whatever I am learning has become my head-knowledge. I would want to challenge whoever is reading this blog and myself to examine ourselves. Whether our knowledge of God has truly humbled us and caused us to live the righteous life that God calls us to live. Does your life reflect the righteousness of God? He has blessed us so much that He Himself dwells in us. It is not only the voice that we hear, He is living in us. How much should we humble ourselves and worship Him with everything we have? How much should we be willing to obey Him?