Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
Devotional · · · Sometimes we treat worship as “transaction.” We can leave a time of worship with the question “What did I get out of that experience?” We think that if we give God something then He is obligated to give us something back. While this becomes true in an indirect way, because of God’s amazing generosity toward us (Psalm 36:5-9; John 3:16), it is not the purpose of worship. The purpose is rooted in attributing to God His holiness and worth. We sacrifice because He is worthy of it. However, the beauty of worshiping God is that we do get something back! As we realign ourselves in true worship we not only learn more of who God is, but we learn more of who we are, why we are here, and how much God loves us! In this, we find ultimate fulfillment and fullness of life (John 10:10). An incredible byproduct of us worshiping God in spirit and truth.
Prayer · · · Gracious God, I ask you to change my expectation of what happens during worship. Rid my mind of the expectations I place on you while I am worshiping and allow me to focus on that which is important—who You are! In all times of my life God, may I bring a gift of surrender and sacrifice to you, no matter how I feel. Teach me to acknowledge Your holiness in all seasons of my life. You alone are the Creator of all things and worthy to receive all glory and honor and power! Thank you Lord for your unconditional love and acceptance of me. May my sacrifice of praise be pleasing to You.