September 26 – Today’s Readings – Micah 1-3 and Psalms 86
As you can see in this passage, God was VERY upset with Israel (once again) but I will save my comments on this subject for tomorrow. Today let’s have a quick look at Psalms 86:10-12 and also verse15 – “For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever… But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
In this passage, we see how much of a New Testament man King David was. First he was a worshipper – acknowledging God, God’s character, and His marvelous deeds. This is the essence of New Testament worship. It is not so much our “offering” as it is our “acknowledging” – it is having a loving attitude of thankfulness and praise.
What is the foundation of all New Testament worship? – “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God— this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1) We offer our lives – our bodies our hearts our minds our all to God – our lives become an act of worship. – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
Second, we see David’s recognition that it is only by God’s grace and blessing that he could be of service to the Lord – “give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11)
As New Testament believers we understand this concept, but in David’s time the undivided heart was not considered a gift from God but an obligation to fulfill certain religious duties. No wonder God called David “a man after His own heart” – he truly understood salvation by grace. Paul put it this way; “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)
In his instruction to the Hebrews Paul quoted Jeremiah saying, “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” (Hebrews 8:10-11) This is worship – It is motivated by the Spirit – We are the vessels – We offer ourselves and God does the rest.
1. In which ways is Old Testament worship like New Testament worship?
2. Reverse the question – In which ways is New Testament worship patterned after Old Testament?