Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 3

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True Worship. Isaiah 58:6-9 “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry and he shall say Here I am, if thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity.”

What is true worship? Is it singing songs and going to church every Sunday, or is there more? Jesus said, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24.

As Christians, we want to be the kind of worshipers the Father seeks, those who worship in spirit and in truth. But how do we do that? We can certainly worship the Lord on Sundays at church, but the God who saved us deserves much more than that! Just like the Israelites, who had special days of worship and fasting set aside each year, we have a special day for worship set aside in our week. We take that time to go to church, study God’s word together and worship Him with His people; but what about the rest of the week? How do we live our lives as soon as we leave church on Sunday?

Knowing that worshiping Christ means loving Him more than anything else, we must ask, “How do we show our love for Him?” 1 John 5:3 says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” We show our love for Christ by obeying His word. Just as God told the Israelites in Isaiah that He did not desire days of fasting, it is not a weekly day of worship He desires from us so much as our obedience every day. So, what are His commands?

Matthew 22:36-40 tells us that when asked what was the greatest commandment, Jesus said, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Jesus taught that we are to love Him and to love others. As we show His love in our daily lives, we are worshipping Him because we are being obedient. Consider how you can show His love today.

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