Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. (New International Version)
Where do you worship?
The Old Covenant provided the commands for worship, where they would worship, what procedures they should follow, and how they should follow them. However, the policies and procedures they had did not give them personal or continual access. Only the high priest could approach God’s throne, and then only once a year.
Hebrews 9:7 And the high priest was permitted to enter into the Holiest Sanctuary of All only once a year and he could never enter without first offering sacrificial blood for both his own sins and for the sins of the people. (The Passion Translation TPT)
The sacrificial rituals could not connect them to the Father in an authentic way. The people didn’t get it, and they remained in slavery to sin. There was a need for a new way, a new covenant. Jesus Christ was and is the message and the sacrifice of the New Covenant.
Hebrews 9:12,15 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. 15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. (Amplified Bible AMP)
The Holy Spirit transforms the heart, and eternal life is the promised inheritance. Worship is no longer confined to an earthly sanctuary.
John 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. (KJV)
The sanctuary where Jesus serves as the high priest, and ever lives to make intercession for you, is in heaven.
Hebrews 9:24 For Christ (the Messiah) has not entered into a sanctuary made with [human] hands, only a copy and pattern and type of the true one, but [He has entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the [very] presence of God on our behalf. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
You access the holy sanctuary through the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, which is also in you.
Romans 8:9 But you do not live in the flesh. You live in the Spirit, assuming, of course, that the Spirit of God lives inside of you. The truth is that anyone who does not have the Spirit of the Anointed living within does not belong to God. (The Voice TVT)
Now, you take worship wherever you go. You do not confine worship to a particular place or a certain type of service. God seated you in the heavenly place with Christ.
Ephesians 2:6 He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ! (The Passion Translation TPT)
Because of these truths, don’t allow worship to only be what you do or where you do it. Desire worship to be who you are.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, there is a song that comes to my mind as I pray. Lord, keep me day by day , in a pure and perfect way. I want to live; I want to live on. In a building not made by hand. I have sung that song. At the time, I did not really meditate on the meaning of the lyrics. It never occurred to me to meditate on them, and I repent. As You were writing this devotional day through me, You brought them back to my remembrance. I will make this the continual expression of my heart. I need You to keep me pure day by day because I can’t keep myself. Every time I falter, I need You to purify me by Your power. I want to worship in a building not made by hands. I want to worship in Your holy sanctuary. As I am seated with Christ, yet still here on earth, I want to worship. Ultimately, I want to bow before You in reverence and adoration throughout eternity. I don’t want worship to only be what I do. I want worship to be who I am. That is my goal and nothing else will do …
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.