Worship has been on my mind lately. In part, because I have become the worship leader of late. Not that I haven’t been part of the worship team for some time. So this brings me to ponder how God is most glorified in our worship? Do we allow it where people choose to do whatever they want? Choose any type of song even perhaps replace secular tunes in order to become relevant? The scripture is clear about how God wants us to worship Him.
Worship is defined by scripture to us. When we come to church with songs it ought to be a from a place of holiness and reverence. Not as people with lip service but as one who comes with clean hands and a pure heart nor lifts up his soul to an idol. Even the the ingredients for the incense used for worship was important and to be regarded as holy. This means that they don’t take something holy and making common. The reverse is true that we don’t take something common and make it holy.
The punishment of unholy worship. Nadab and Abihu were prime examples of unholy worship. If you aren’t familiar with the story that they had decided to offer profane fire to the Lord which was strictly not commanded. We might say that they were sincere in their worship that it would be accepted by God. But the reality is that God only receives worship from people who come to worship Him in spirit and truth. Not by being the most interesting by incorporating styles of worship from other religions. That is what it looked like with Nadab and Abihu. And the punishment was that fire went out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them. Other examples of this would be Ananias and Sapphira, the Israelites worshiping the golden cow at Mount Sinai, and the sons of Eli.
Worshipers must regard God as holy. God said in His Judgement of Nadab and Abihu was because:
By those who come near Me
I must be regarded as holy;
And before all the people
I must be glorified.
We are also reminded in the New Testament that we are to be holy as He is holy. If we want any approval from God then let this be our council. “For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “ But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.” This is what should drive us to have biblically worded songs and attitudes of worship that are drawn from the word. These are pleasing styles of worship to God.