WORSHIP BEFORE AND AFTER
The first thing that God created was “the heavens”. Thousands
of years later the Psalmist wrote, “the heavens proclaim the
glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). Even though the heavens do not
have lips and a larynx, creation cannot help but honour the one
who created it.
Before humans... before sin...before trouble... before all these
things...there was worship. So, before worrying...before making
a decision...before giving up...worship God for who he is.
Remember, from their creation, the heavens proclaim the glory
It's amazing how problems can get so big in our minds that they
seem to eclipse God from our sight. Before they do, we are wise
to respond (or begin) with worship. Consider Job. When calamity
happened he worshiped before trouble ended for him. Job was
“blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and
stayed away from evil” (Job 1:1). This good man had trouble,
real trouble. His family all died in a tragic way and his wealth was
also taken. At this point some might be tempted to become bitter
and angry but, before he did anything else, he worshiped.
Someone recently asked me “what should I do?” Sorry, I don't
have the answer, but I do know someone who is worthy of
Worshiping before doing anything else is a sign of humility, but
so is worshiping after doing anything. After trouble ends and
blessings flow once more, we are wise to remember to worship.
It is so easy to forget to worship when we are relieved of trouble,
but God deserves our praise at those times. In a sentence
gushing with worship, the apostle Paul wrote, “blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”
(Ephesians 1:3). Paul doesn't stop there. He goes on for eleven
more verses (all one sentence in the Greek) to worship God for
what he has done. Paul recognized that it is by the goodness of
God that he experiences blessings.
In the next chapter of Ephesians, Paul again bursts forth with
worship. He reminds us that God is “rich in mercy, because of
His great love with which He loved us, even when were dead in
our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ and raised
us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in
Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the
surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ
Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7). No wonder James writes, “God is
opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).
Let's align ourselves with the one thing that has been true long
before man's experience of trouble and will endure long after,
throughout eternity - the worship of God.
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