In Malachi, the first chapter, God was speaking of sacrifices brought by people who were descendants of Esau. This nation wanted to sacrifice to God but He said that they were not worthy. In verse 10, He responds this way: “Who is there even among you who would shut the doors, So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain? I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, nor will I accept an offering from your hands”.
I have been thinking of the “sacrifice” of praise that I bring to God. Is it worthy? Am I offering praise to God in spirit and truth? When I come into His presence, am I “totally there”? I fear that I often come to His altar with my mind somewhere else. I am thinking of my own interests and cares. Or about what I plan to do the rest of the day.
Some of the sweetest times of communion with my God have been outside the church building. There have been moments and hours when I have entered into worship of Him that maybe weren’t planned; they “just happened”. God will meet us anywhere and anytime.
I feel that it is important, though, to plan to bring the sacrifice of Praise and Worship into our corporate worship time. I find that I need to make a conscious decision to focus all of my being on the worship service. First, I confess my sins and ask for forgiveness. Then, I prepare my mind and soul to worship my Lord in spirit and truth.
Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”. That opens a different avenue of worship! This is a difficult one to accomplish. It is one thing to worship God on a Sunday, but a totally different thing to worship Him in our daily lives. God demands that we worship Him with all that we are, all that we have, and all that we hope to be.
Books could be written (and probably have) on this subject. I hope that you will think on this and expand it beyond this devotion. My prayer is that I will truly worship God with my whole mind, body, and soul. That is my desire for you, also.