Real worship is not easy. The difficulty is usually commensurate with the amount of pride in our hearts. Worship is hard because it requires that we attribute to another what our flesh desires to receive – the credit! At the core of worship is the reverential attribution that God is the reason and cause of the good that we experience (James 1:16-17). Our flesh struggles to relinquish such praise. We would like to think we are the cause of the advantages we receive, but God says it’s not so. He clarifies, “You may say to yourself ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced wealth for me.’ But remember Yahweh your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18). Whether it’s a comfortable income, a capable mind, good health, loyal relationships or the forgiveness of our sins, the Bible is clear that God is the generous Benefactor who specifically chooses to grant such things. We are left with the humbling task of “remembering” and respectfully saying, “Thanks!” May our worship today be appropriate, sincere and well pleasing to him!
-- Pastor Mike

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