2 Corinthians 2:15
In a turbulent world where people are either dying or being rescued, we are the sweet smell of the Anointed to God our Father. (The Voice)
What scent does your worship have?
There are terms like knockoff, faux, generic, etc. These are words that are used to describe a product or emotions that look like the real thing and might be mistaken for the real thing. However, the product or emotion is not authentic. The product usually has some defects and/or deficiencies. A person contrives the emotion to trick/mislead. What are some ways this happens? The manufacture makes a purse using cheaper materials. The smile is hiding rage. The fan belt broke because it was not durable. You’re not really surprised. The jacket does not have the feel of the real thing. You can turn the tears on and off on cue. You can also apply these examples to worship.
Matthew 15:7-9 “Frauds and hypocrites! Isaiah described you perfectly when he said: 8 These people honor me only with their words, for their hearts are so very distant from me. 9 They pretend to worship me, but their worship is nothing more than the empty traditions of men.” (The Passion Translation TPT)
Is worship “what you do”, lifting your hands at the right time? Being directed on when you should stand, when you should run, when you should cry. Is there deliverance and breakthrough in your worship? Or is worship just an activity you participate in for the emotional benefit?
2 Timothy 3:5a For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
Have you come to the place in your relationship with Christ where worship is “who you are”?
Psalm 103:1 With my whole heart, with my whole life, and with my innermost being, I bow in wonder and love before you, the holy God! (The Passion Translation TPT)
If you worship is who you are:
- Your worship glorifies God and lifts Him high;
Revelation 5:13 And I heard every created thing that is in heaven or on earth or under the earth [in Hades, the realm of the dead] or on the sea, and everything that is in them, saying [together], “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb (Christ), be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” (Amplified Bible AMP)
- Your worship delights God;
Psalm 147:11 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love. (New Living Translation NLT)
- Your worship ushers you and those around you into the presence of God;
Hebrews 10:19-22 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (New International Version NIV)
- Your worship transforms you;
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit. (Amplified Bible AMP)
- Your worship accomplishes spiritual warfare; and
2 Chronicles 20:21-22 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in their holy (priestly) attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Praise and give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.” 22 When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were struck down [in defeat]. (Amplified Bible AMP)
- Your worship demonstrates the truth and realness of God to an unbelieving world.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
Imitation worship may fool everyone else, only pure worship goes up as a sweet-smelling savor to the Lord.
Psalm 96:9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; tremble before and reverently fear Him, all the earth. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father God, I love You. I repent for any time my life and how I have lived it did not come up as a sweet-smelling savor to You. Continue to work on me until I don’t have to say I am a worshiper; it will show. I never want worship to just be something I do. I will stay in Your presence until worship is a description of who I am. I don’t want a knockoff, generic or faux relationship with You. I want my relationship with You to be true and pure. If it is , then my worship will be as well. I want the worship I give to You, to transform my conversation, my life, my thoughts, my attitude, and my actions. I want the worship I give to You to bring people into Your presence. I want the worship I give to You, to inspire people to want to know You. I want the worship I give to You, to be real, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to You…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.