Good Morning January 4

Ancient Israel was instructed in worship. God gave instructions for the sanctuary, the festival days, and the pattern of sacrifice. From the birth of the Church at Pentecost, worship has been central for Christians. Liturgies developed over the years with great meaning and purpose. However, worship is more than the form we use. Worship is a matter of the heart seeing clearly who Jesus is. In Matthew 14 the disciple saw Jesus calm the storm at sea, and “those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” It was not only that they had had their immediate need met and their fears calmed. They realized that they were in the presence of Most Holy God. The Creator stood before the created. There was no other possible or fitting response than to pour out the heart in worship. Our services and liturgies are helpful, but it is a heart realizing that it is in the presence of Holiness that brings forth true worship.