An Act of Worship
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
In the acts of worship throughout Scripture, the worshiper always had something to give, be it songs, words, sacrifices, prayers, confessions, which were to express the worshiper’s heart and will. Whether the Old Testament sacrifice was of grain or animals or some other resource, the one worshiping, personally identified with that which was being given to God.
What was offered not only represented the best the worshiper had to give, it was the best of the grain or livestock he possessed. God was honored and revered, not as the “sugar daddy” who gave whatever the worshiper wanted, but as the God who provided and sustained for everything needed.
The gifts given in worship came from the heart of the worshiper and his/her everyday life. This kind of worship was markedly different from pagan worship where sacrifices and gifts were also given to the gods.
In pagan worship, the gifts were given to feed and bribe the gods and to assuage the god’s anger and avoid the wrath. This is part of the reason God always told the Israelites to utterly destroy the pagan idols.
The reminder to us is that as we worship, we give our hearts to the various actions of worship. We connect with whatever is being offered to God. We are fully participating in each expression of worship. We are giving all that we are to the God who loves us and gave Himself for us.