♣ Pouring Out: The Essence Of Worship

1 Chronicles 11:15-19

Verse 18 “…But David would not drink it. He poured it out to the Lord…”

Mark 14:3-9

Verse 4 “…a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over His head.”

THERE ARE TWO beautiful acts of worship that stand out significantly above all in the scriptures: king David, who poured out before the Lord something that was precious and most costly to him, and the other being Mary (the sister of Martha and Lazarus) who unreservedly gave the very best she had to anoint the body of Jesus. I say beautiful because its purity shone forth, being that no selfish motive weaved its way into such a profound moment. They gave what cost them most, not impress, but realising that anything less would not be worship – which is being in awe and pouring forth in adoration.

Much of what passes today in modern evangelical worship is at a level of our convenience. As many are more than content to give ten percent in tithes and offerings, it is also a depiction or rather a parallel to how much we give in worship; ten percent is an all-round number of how much many are willing to ‘squeeze out’ and feel proud about when they ‘give’ to God. I am in no way advocating how much we financially tithe, although I am strongly persuaded that God ought to be the One who holds the strings to our purse or wallet, but that is not my point – the whole earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord, anyway! It is how we give to God in every domain of our lives that determines whether or not we truly worship Him.

Many of us can still recall the times we first fell in love and ‘adored the ground’ he or she stood on. There was no cost or length you were unwilling to pay or go to express what human language fails to adequately describe. In that frame of mind, no cost is taken into consideration in pleasing the one our whole world revolves around; we are enamoured and in ‘awe’ that draws nothing less than the very best we are capable of giving to the one we deeply love.

With God, that ought to be multiplied by infinity. A.W. Tozer said, “We worship what and who we know. Worship rises or falls with our concept of God…The God of the modern evangelical rarely astonishes anybody. He manages to stay pretty much within the constitution. Never breaks over our bylaws. He’s a very well behaved God and very denominational and very much one of us, and we ask Him to help us when we’re in trouble and look to Him to watch over us when we’re asleep. The God of the modern evangelical isn’t a God I could have much respect for. But when the Holy Ghost shows us God as He is we admire Him to the point of wonder and delight.”

Much of today’s opinion would be no different that of Judas Iscariot’s attitude when he scorned Mary’s unadulterated and unreserved worship. Many today would consider such worship too intense, unnecessarily taxing and over the top, but the truth of the matter is that many are selfishly inclined to hold back what they deem best for themselves. Mary poured out in intimate devotion almost a year’s worth of income upon the One she perceived and adored. David poured out unto the Lord what was too sacred for his own consumption. He refused to slake his thirst with what put three lives at risk and poured it out in worship unto the One Who breathes life and spirit into man. Not only was Mary’s act of worship deemed beautiful in the eyes of the Son of God, but also David’s, whose ‘aroma’ was pleasing to the Lord – the fragrance of worship that joined with heaven’s seraphim.

I believe the best we can ever give to God ought never to ‘pinch’ us or have us consider the cost. God is worthy beyond all comparison of what we are eternally unable to give Him, but the best we have shall not be held back no matter how much it may inconvenience us. That is the essence of worship. How real and majestic we perceive God to be – not just by what we read and hear about – will determine our level of worship.


Posted on January 13, 2012, in ♣ Devotional and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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