Devotional

“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!” – Psalm 150:1-6

Worship should be our highest priority, one that permeates every aspect of our lives. John 4:23-24 says, “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”Warren Wiersbe said that ”Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does.” The wise men were all about worship.

“…About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem…” (Matthew 2:1)  This is a small sentence with large significance. The wise men had to travel 600-800 miles to Jerusalem. What if they were wrong and following the star thing was a wild goose chase? It would have been like packing the kids in the station wagon in Alaska, driving all the way to Orlando only to discover that Disney World was only a rumor. Then with everyone angry and frustrated, you had to turn around and drive all the way back to Alaska. The wise men invested their time and resources on something that was worth the investment. The wise men were seekers. It was in their seeking that they saw something.  The wise men invested their time and resources on something that was worth the investment. They worshipped someone worth worshipping. They found God in the person of Jesus Christ.  

And when they found Jesus, they fell down before him and they worshipped him. “They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.” (Matthew 2:2) The Scripture says that “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” They were full of the greatest joy.  Worship brings joy.  Worship and joy are inseparable partners.  And the wise men discovered it in Jesus Christ.

Worship, true worship, is our life’s expression of reverence and faith in God. The songs that we sing, the activities of our day, all that we do only becomes worship when those things are the expression of our faith in God.  A song is worship when that song is sung in faith because of the relationship we have with God through Jesus Christ. Worship happens when we mentally, emotionally and spiritually connect with the Lord, loving Him with our lives through song, actions, thoughts, and intentions, everything we think and do.  

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does worship mean to you? How did this story of the wise men help shape that definition?
  2. When you worship God, what percentage is at church? How could you surrender to God in worship every day of the week?
  3. Matthew 2:2 says, “The wise men didn’t come to get something from God, but to offer something to Him.” What can we offer to God this Christmas season?