Three Aspects of Authentic Worship
During the month of May, we are emphasizing connecting through worship. Believers in Jesus Christ have the privilege of worshipping the God of the universe both individually and corporately. Because our hearts are prone to worshipping other gods, we are to make worship a priority in our lives. Psalm 29:2 says, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.” The Bible has a plethora of verses addressing the issue of worship. While Psalm 29:2 is just one example of a worship-themed verse, I find this short text quite instructive.
As we consider this brief verse of Scripture I want to highlight three aspects of authentic worship.
Note, first of all, authentic worship is directed toward the proper object. The Lord, Jehovah, is the only true object of worship. Because we are vulnerable to idolatry and self-glory, our rebellious hearts have to consistently be directed back to the Lord through private and corporate worship. Consider your heart for a moment, and try to identify the actual object of your worship. Has something or someone other than God been allowed to sit on the throne of your heart? Since we become like we worship, take a careful assessment of the fruit your life is bearing. Are you becoming more like Jesus? Or have you...