The problem with worship is that we spell it properly. If we began to misspell it, I think it would transform what we think it is and how we do it. Worship isn’t worship unless it costs you something. The more it costs you, the greater the worship.
There’s a story recorded in 2 Samuel 24 about someone who wanted to bless David by giving him a huge, generous gift. But David didn’t take the freebie. He replied, “”No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the LORD my God that have cost me nothing” (2 Sam 2:24).
The way we should begin spelling “worship,” which would change the way we actually worship, should be “worthship.” The whole idea behind worship is that it is to cost us something. Something significant. In other words, once you worship the LORD with your gift, you will not be able to do what you otherwise would have done with whatever it is you offered Him.
Worthship is giving something costly, something sacrificial, to God. If you are giving God something that doesn’t really cost you much, it isn’t a sacrifice. It isn’t worship.
Think about how you worship the LORD. Is your worship really sacrificial? Does it really cost you something? If it doesn’t, you haven’t really been worshiping Him, because you haven’t really been giving Him something valuable, as He deserves.
If you want to understand your attitude of gratitude toward God, look at the ways you’ve been worshiping Him, for better or worse. Is your life characterized by giving Him leftovers or the very best of what He has given you?
“Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce . . .” – Proverbs 3:9 (ESV)
To honor God with your wealth and your “firstfruits” is to give Him your very best, up front. What then follows is your need to trust Him, to walk by faith, and to have HIM provide your needs. When we consider Romans 14:26, we understand how important worthship is to being a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ:
“. . . For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”
No, this is not a blog about tithing. I wouldn’t insult you or belittle God by suggesting He only deserves 10% of all He’s given you. Nor am I saying you should give to God because you will get something in return. The truth is that you will get something in return when you really worship God like a worthshiper. When you worthship you get the satisfaction of honoring Him the way He deserves to be honored. Even our best efforts to give Him our very best actually fall far short of what He truly deserves.
We seem to have lost the understanding that worship is all about making a sacrifice to the living and true God. How are you doing as a worthshiper? Does your worship cost you something, and if so, how much? What does your worship say about your attitude toward God?