Bible Reading: Romans 12:1-2

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)

John Piper defines worship as, “The inner essence of worship is to know God truly and then respond from the heart to that knowledge by valuing God, treasuring God, prizing God, enjoying God, being satisfied with God above all earthly things. And then that deep, restful, joyful satisfaction in God overflows in demonstrable acts of praise from the lips and demonstrable acts of love in serving others for the sake of Christ.”

How much have we made worship a priority in our lives? Worship is the end goal of our Christian lives, and worship will be our prize in heaven. We were created to be people who worshipped God. That includes knowing God and learning to treasure Him above all things (meaning we obey Him because we trust in Him) and letting the world know about who God is through our lips and actions. Especially in lockdown, it is easy to forget a spirit of worship in our lives. Let us return to knowing God through His Word. Let us pray for a growing knowledge of the glory and worth of our God. Let us pray that we may be able to share it with others around us. 

May this puritan prayer from The Valley Of Vision encourage us.

GLORIOUS GOD,

It is the flame of my life to worship thee,

    the crown and glory of my soul to adore thee,

    heavenly pleasure to approach thee.

Give me power by thy Spirit to help me

    worship now,

  that I may forget the world,

    be brought into fullness of life,

    be refreshed, comforted, blessed.

Give me knowledge of thy goodness

  that I might not be over-awed by thy greatness;

Give me Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God,

  that I might not be terrified,

    but be drawn near with filial love,

      with holy boldness;

He is my Mediator, Brother, Interpreter,

Branch, Daysman, Lamb;

    him I glorify,

    in him I am set on high.

Crowns to give I have none,

  but what thou hast given I return,

  content to feel that everything is mine

    when it is thine,

  and the more fully mine when I have yielded it

    to thee.

Let me live wholly to my Saviour,

  free from distractions,

    from carking care,

    from hindrances to the pursuit

      of the narrow way.

I am pardoned through the blood of Jesus —

  give me a new sense of it,

  continue to pardon me by it,

  may I come every day to the fountain,

  and every day be washed anew,

  that I may worship thee always

    in spirit and truth.