It’s one of those concepts we toss around in relation to worship: the idea of a sacrifice of praise and worship being a sacrifice. But do we really believe that worship involves sacrifice? Do we comprehend what that means? Do we believe it’s true, and if so, do we act and live like it?
I found an article over at ExperiencingWorship.com by a guy named Russell Henderson. I don’t know anything about him, but he wrote a great article about this concept drawing on a story from the life of David as he sought to purchase the threshing floor from Oman in order to offer a sacrifice to make amends for a huge sin David committed.
Some of the things that stood out to me:
- We know from scripture that worship is sacrifice, but many times we want to curt-tail on someone else’s sacrifice. In other words, we want someone else to do all the work to get to God, and we want to share in the benefits of their labor.
- We are called to worship just as much (or more) in the bad times as we do in the good times.
- True worship will take us to a place where God will respond.
- Take a look at what you are offering to God. Is it someone else’s offering, or is it something that comes from your heart in repentance and surrender?
- As worshippers we must understand that God wants genuine sacrifice.
It’s an awesome article. I encourage you to go and read all of it here.
Does your worship involve genuine sacrifice? What does that look like in your life?