Worship, our delight

Worship, our delight

Throughout Scripture, we see God’s people enjoying His presence and character with joy and gladness:

“Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” Psalm 100:2

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heave, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:12

We can see that this joy and gladness is not separated from struggle, however. We also identify much of Scripture that gives us a reason to even worship with song and joy; God’s character and His mighty acts throughout history:

“Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!” Psalm 150

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28

In pairing these two biblical ideas, is worship our delight? Do the characteristics and mighty deeds of God cause our heart to sing with thanksgiving? I’m sure we  would boldly proclaim, “YES!” Christians facing persecution around the world, face this question daily. Worship is not convenient for them. It is not done in freedom. They show that worship is their delight with their lives and even deaths.

Persecuted Christians around the world know that witnessing the truth of Jesus Christ is the one delight that will never fail them. Although trials come, they hold on to their true joy – worshipping the one true God. Although they share in the great joy and honour bearing God’s name, it is hard and challenging. These believers have found the very essence of their lives in worship.

Have you found the essence for living?