PRIORITIES OF WORSHIP
Worship is derived from an old English word "weorthscipe" which means to ascribe worth unto a being or object. Whatever one values most highly or places the greatest worth upon, that is what he worships. The act of worship means developing a set of values and determining what one desires most. It means choosing priorities and establishing what comes first in his life. It means determining what he becomes and choosing in whose image he will be made (Ps. 115:4-8). Although God desires everyone to draw near to Him in worship, holy as He is, He has to set rigid requirements for those who want to enter His presence and enjoy His intimate fellowship. It is a dangerous and costly mistake to think a person may enter His presence unprepared. Four requirements of the true worshiper: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:22). A. True Heart. The heart is the main part of man's nature (Prov. 4:23). As the heart is, so is the man. Hence God does not look upon outward appearance, but upon the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). He hates the heart that is hard, unbelieving and rebellious. He wants true heart. The Greek here 'alethinos' means 'real' or 'genuine,' used in Heb. 8:2 and 9:24 to denote the 'real thing' as opposed to the 'shadow or pattern' of the first tabernacle. The first tabernacle was only a type, a pattern that could not perfect the worshiper. The true nature of worship from a true heart can so easily be lost in forms, and shadows and patterns. God calls His people not to approach Him with intellect and activities and will, but with a true heart. The true worshiper has a true heart (Psa. 57:7; Deut. 6:5; Psa.51:10; Matt.5:8). If the heart is right, the first requirement of a true worshiper is achieved. Fullness of Faith. Faith is greater than thoughts; God will do more than anyone can think. Neither is it a feeling. Even in...
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