Worship Through Obedience

Worship is expressing love to God. The first way that we express love to God is through our obedience to Him, this proves that we love Him, and that we trust Him. Faith pleases God, faith is trust, and faith is love. If you know God well enough to love Him then you trust Him and you will obey Him, because you know He has your best interest in mind what ever He ask you to do. Everything that God asks us to do is a way we can express love to Him. Expressing God’s love to others is also expressing love to Him. Obedience is expressing love to God, which is why His commandments are not burdensome to us. 

 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. {3} For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. {4} For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world; our faith. (1stJohn 5:2-4 NKJV)

The theme in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is to prove your love for God by obeying His voice. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV) “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; {20} “that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…

Saul disobeyed God and kept some of the plunder from the Amalekites, after they had won the victory over them. Samuel asked Saul why he had disobeyed God and Saul said, (1stSamuel 15:21-23 NKJV) “But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.” {22} Then Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. {23} For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.” Saul’s disobedience showed that he did not love God, and didn’t trust God enough to obey Him fully. Saul thought he could do things his own way and impress God with religious rituals and ceremony. Such things do not impress God; He is impressed by our demonstrations of love and trust for Him through obedience. Then when we offer up worship to God He can accept it and be well pleased with our offerings of praise and worship.

Jesus said, (John 15:9-14 NKJV) “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. {10} “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. {11} “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. {12} “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. {13} “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. {14} “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. When we obey we are saying to God that we are laying down our life for you, not to do our will but your will Lord Jesus, because we love you, and because we trust you.

God summarizes all his commandments by giving us the commandment to love. We are to love God, and we are to love God by loving other people. We are to be vessels of God’s love to our neighbor; this allows God to demonstrate His love through us. All of God’s word is about love; it is about what love is, and who love is. God is love. The Bible reveals love to us, the Bible reveals God to us. When we know God, we know love. God desires that we express our love to Him through obeying His voice, this shows Him that we love and trust Him, and this is the beginning of true worship.


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Gloria Mneno
02/26/2021 9:04 PM

I am so much blessed by this article !! May the Lord help us to demonstrate our love for Him through obedience.

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