Nº 191 weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - March 29, 2022
Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of the mind with His truth, the purifying of the imagination of His beauty, the opening of the heart to His love, the surrender of the will to His purpose. - William Temple
3,000 years ago, Jeroboam led a revolt against Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, splitting the Jewish nation. Only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin remained loyal in the South; the other ten tribes created the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Fearing that his people’s frequent religious pilgrimages back to Jerusalem, in the south, would undermine his power, Jeroboam created alternate holy sites and fraudulent forms of worship. The writer of Kings records, “Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places. This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam.” (I Kings 13:33b-34a) God designed us to worship Him, but too often we settle for inauthentic, convenient, or comfortable alternatives that serve our purposes. Worship is more than a few songs and prayers on Sunday morning, it is our total response to the majesty of God and involves our obedience, service, adoration, time, and money, along with our songs and prayers. As we approach Easter, let’s focus on the only One worthy of our worship and anticipate the day we will join the angels and sing: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor, and glory and praise (Revelation 5:12).
Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc