Defining Worship

By John McDonald

It is sad that today “worship” is seen as a matter of how a “church meeting” is structured, or, defined as to the types of songs sung in a meeting. In fact we call the meeting a “service”, where did that idea come from, maybe to ease the conscience and think that a meeting for 60 minutes or so is serving God, well that doesn’t cut it, for it isn’t. Thinking it is about a style of song, i.e. songs that are slow and or that make you close your eyes in reverence. After all we employ ministers as “Worship Leaders”, and we say, we are now going to have “Praise & Worship”.

All this really means is that worship has been hijacked by the musicians. I love those songs just as much as anyone, but it isn’t what worship is. Continue reading

The Nature of Sacrifice

As the plague was devastating Jerusalem, King David prayed for mercy. The Angel of the Lord commanded the prophet Gad to instruct David to build an altar and offer a sacrifice on Ornan’s site. When Ornan heard of this, he generously offered to freely provide the oxen, wood, and wheat.

But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price; for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, or offer a burnt offering which costs me nothing.” Continue reading