January 8, 2014

The Integrity of a true Worshipper

The Reading God's Story Bible Plan reading journey has taken us to the book of Job. God's sovereignty and Job's faithfulness are brought into major focus. Our finite understanding of God and his doings is made obvious. Job constantly in his complaint, keeps the perspective of a praiser. He holds to his integrity. "The Lord gives and takes away- blessed be the name of the Lord" Job 1:21. His closest companion, his wife,  points out the lack of logic Job expresses through his response to submit to God and say "Yes" to Him, though he "slays him".  Job 2:9. Job remains steadfast. In his pain, in his agony, in his grief- Job responds with worship. 

Worship unto God is the outward expression of our love for him. Worship unto God says we value you highly. We value you this much- enough to live out our love for you. Worship is not situation-based or provision-based. Worship is love-based. Worship is relationship-based. Worship is not about a place, but about placement- heart placement. 

When life gets hard, it reveals the true heart of a man. Will we, like Job, retain our integrity, our steadfastness, our ability to be undivided? Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him- for, to my delight, I realize that he trusts me with this test- to testify of Him. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Warmest thoughts and Prayers, 

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