Where True Joy is Found

Do you know that when you worship, you are worshiping a God whom you’ve offended?  Yet God in His mercy allows you to come to Him even though you don’t deserve it.  Remember who you and know who God is.

Do you know that when you worship, you should be bringing your best to God?  How often do you just go through the motions?  How often do you just do things because you secretly hope others will notice and think you are more spiritual?  These things are not your best.  You know what your best is, and God does too.

Do you know that your worship should result in a love for God?  It shouldn’t just make you feel good about yourself and make you think, “Oh, what a wonderful day!”  True worship leads you to a deeper love and longing to know the true God.  True worship is about God.  It is not about you.

Do you know that your worship should be obedient?  Your life is a living sacrifice to God (cf. Romans 12:1-2).  Worship is not reserved for 20 minutes on a Sunday morning.  Life is worship, and worship is life.

So what about you?  Are you truly worshiping God?  Do you come near to God with your mouth but have a heart far from Him (cf. Isaiah 29:13)?  Consider what is acceptable to God and conform to His standards.  This is where true joy is found.

(Adapted from a sermon by Pastor Alan Sherban at http://www.bethanycf.org/file/180018899/180541042/Acceptable-Worship-Unto-God)

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