True worship is more than a time of music and singing. True worship involves how we live our lives, whether we obey God or respond by hardening our hearts to His commands.
Also, God is a God of order and He has ordained authority as part of that order. No matter what we think, we are not living obediently if we aren’t fully submitted to the authority He has placed in our lives.
Job 19 & 20
True Worship = Obedience
For He Is Our God
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:
8 “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
True worship is more than merely showing up at church to sing and raise our hands. It is submitting our hearts and lives to God in obedience and realizing that “He is God.” It’s then that we “will hear His voice.”
No matter how often we attend church or what kind of outward religious activity we perform, if we’re not submitted to God in our hearts, which is demonstrated by our obedience, we are no different from those who hardened their hearts, rebelled, and tested God.
Today’s Other Readings:
Job 19 & 20:
My Redeemer Lives
In spite of all his miseries, Job could still say, “For I know that my Redeemer lives …” That should put most of us to shame! He went on to say, “… I shall see God.” So no matter what, he was sure of his eternal destiny.
4 Do not overwork to be rich;
Because of your own understanding, cease!
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
Many times in Scripture we are warned not to seek to be rich. Instead we are to be faithful in the work God has given us, and trust Him for the results.
Submitting to Authority
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
All authority is ordained by God. Even unbelievers are used by God as instruments of His righteousness and judgment (Ps. 75.7; Prov. 21.1).
It could be a school teacher over a student, a boss over an employee, a husband over a wife, a pastor or elder over a church member, or a civic official over a citizen. Whatever it is, God expects us to respect and obey those who are in authority. The only exception is if that person asks us to break God’s laws, then we must humbly and respectfully refuse to obey.
We should be teaching our children to respect the authority God has placed them under at school or any place else. Sadly, today many parents are too quick to run to their children’s defense instead of teaching them to respond biblically.
But respect for authority begins with us and, sadly, we are often more concerned about what we perceive as our “rights,” than about pleasing God! We can’t expect our children to respect authority, including ours, if we are disrespectful to our spouses, police officers or bosses!
For example, how do you respond when you get stopped for speeding or some other violation? Are you concerned about justifying your behavior or denying your guilt? Or are you more concerned about pleasing God and trusting in His sovereignty?
How do you respond when passed over for a promotion or criticized at work? Are you more concerned about whether it’s fair or are you concerned about giving your co-workers the right opinion about God?
We are teaching and discipling our children and others with our actions one way or the other. Let’s purpose in our hearts to be good examples.
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It’s frustrating to be under imperfect authority. And sometimes it’s more than frustrating–we suffer when someone’s authority is unfair, capricious, or just plain wrong. But does that let us off the hook? Do we have to listen only to those we agree with? In Authority Issues: When It’s Hard Being Told What To Do, Robert Smith of Faith Biblical Counseling explains how God calls us to submit to authority–even imperfect authority–and that, as we do so, we are following in Jesus’ steps. As we redirect our trust from a fallen authority figure to the gracious and loving God who is ultimately in charge of our lives, we can avoid the traps of bitterness and expectation and become more like Christ.
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