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4. It teaches us that worship requires order. While our heart’s response to God may be somewhat spontaneous at times, there should be order in our worship, just as there was a divine order to all of Creation. Those of us who are creative, right-brain types often bemoan our inability to “color within the lines.” Simply put, we don’t like to go by the rules. Yet the words “evening passed, and morning came” reveal God’s willingness to follow the “rules,” that is, to adhere to a divine order. He is too disciplined to disregard the prescribed boundaries that He Himself set. We should be too. When we worship God, we need to do so within boundaries, to prevent disorder. Perhaps the apostle Paul said it best: “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Cor. 14:40 NKJV, emphasis added). (As you read on, it will become clear that every indecent act of “worship”—cutting of flesh, sex at the altars, child sacrifice, you name it— started when the boundaries were ignored and disorder set in.) 5. It teaches us that our worship should be fresh. Each time evening passes, a new morning follows. Darkness dissipates, and there is a sense of anticipation of something new. That’s because God’s mercies are “new every morning” (Lam. 3:22–23). And just as fresh compassion is part of God’s morning routine, fresh worship should be part of ours, renewed each day at sunup. When we worship in the freshness of sunrise, God is honored. He sees that we have placed Him first in our day. As a result, He refreshes us with His presence, restores our energy, transforms our outlook, and deepens our friendship with Him. 6. It teaches us that worship is part of God’s cycle of life. Just as dawn is an expected part of our life cycle, worship is also to be a part. God expects it, as surely as we expect the sun to rise. All day, every day, we are to work for Him and, along the way, worship. At night, as we rest, God restores our physical, spiritual, and emotional beings so we can arise in the morning, begin our day with worship, secure His presence in our lives, and thus fulfill His purpose.

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Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

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