My Worship, His Desire
Throughout the word of God, we are instructed, even commanded to love the Lord God with all our heart, even with everything that's within us:
And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment. (Mark 12:30, Amplified Bible).
The scriptures tell us, in fact, that the Lord "seeks" out worshippers ... He seeks out those who will worship, lift up and exalt Him:
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 (John 4:23, KJV).
Ever wonder why? Is it for the sake of the Lord only, that He calls upon His children to lift and exalt Him, to glorify His holy name, or are there benefits even to us, His children, that the Lord offers to us, in so doing, benefits that perhaps even we may be unaware of? Because the Lord is always mindful of ministering to His children, I can't help but think there is most definitely a blessing (perhaps more than but one) awaiting us, as we exalt Him. Of course God knows the beginning from the end, and He most assuredly knows what benefits are to be extended from His hand, to us, in accordance to the promises He's made to us, by way of His word, promises He will, beyond a doubt, keep, as we draw nigh unto Him, through the very act of our worship and praise towards Him ... praise from our hearts to His. Let's look into this a bit further:
For those who may not understand just how greatly, or how highly, even God honors and respects His own word, the above scripture verse surely reveals this to be so. Here we are told, God magnifies (has made great) His word, even above His name. How extremely grateful I am for the word of the Living God!
For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Cor 1:20, KJV).
If you remember, earlier, I mentioned benefits God's word says are ours, simply through worshiping Him. Listed below, are a few of those benefits:
2. To exalt Him ... to lift Him up, offers us the promise, that men, yes, even all men (i.e., men, women and children) shall be drawn to Him. So, when praying for the salvation of men (of family, or friends, acquaintences, and yes, even ones own enemies, etc.), lift up the name of the Lord, in praise. Worship the Lord, that mankind might be drawn to Him, by the very power, and prsence of His Holy Spirit. It is His word to us, that as we do so, He will draw mankind to Himself.
It is quite obvious, from the Amplified Bible, this verse denotes Christ being lifted up on the Cross, and because of His sacrifice on the Cross, all men will be drawn, and attracted to Him. I might add, that "lifted" from the Strong's Concordance means: to lift up on high, to exalt, to raise to the very summit of opulence and prosperity, to raise to dignity, honor and happiness. It seems in this verse, that to be "lifted up" can apply to both Christ's being lifted high (or up) on the Cross, yet, at the same time, a few of the additional Greek meanings might very well apply "lifting up", or "exalting the Lord", to mean, lifting from hearts of worship, with the promise in either case, of drawing the hearts of men, to the Lord.
So, why worship Him for "His" righteousness? Why? Because, His righteousness is what has made me acceptable to my Heavenly Father. It is through faith in Jesus, and by His very righteousness, I am able to enter into the most holy place, before my Heavenly Father. It was Christ's sacrifice for you, and for me, that has opened the door to us, the door to forever dwell in His very presence. Should not this reason alone, cause each of us to want to rejoice before Him, to want to sing and shout praises to His holy name? As He was lifted up on the Cross, might we not, from our hearts, lift Him up, through the lifting of our hands, and the praises of our lips? I pray it be so!
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High (Psalm 9:2, KJV).
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27, Amplified Bible).
For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD [endureth] for ever. Praise ye the LORD (Psalm 117:2, KJV).
A benefit indeed, is this promise. The very benefit of freedom ... freedom from bondage! Freedom to praise the Lord.
7. The Lord opens blind eyes, but what about the eyes of the blind heart? Does He not give spiritual sight to the heart that has been blinded by sin? Amen, indeed, He does, to those who so desire to see!
As Christ's followers, we (if we so desire) have a promise of opened spiritual eyes, eyes to see and behold wonderous things in the Kingdom of God:
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law (Psalm 119:18, KJV).
Wondrous, from the Strong's Concordance means: extraordinary, marvelous, surpassing, difficult to do, beyond one's power, wonderful)
I could go on and on, for hours and hours, and write pages and pages of reasons why we should worship the Lord, to not only benefit Him, but to reveal through His word, the many benefits available to us, as we do so. However, it is my prayer, that we worship Him with all that is within us, for the sake of Him, and Him alone, and not for what we can get, or obtain, from Him. May our reason for worshipping Him, not be to benefit us, but rather, may our worship be for the very reason that "we love Him", and desire to honor, lift and exalt Him, as indeed, He is worthy of such!
Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name [is] to be praised (Psalm 113:1-3, KJV).
You might want to read the above Psalm in it's entirety. I believe you'll be greatly blessed in doing so.
The greatness of His love and blessings be upon each of you!
In His love ... Marcia