Inspirational Readings

Title: Worship
Taken From: My Utmost For His Highest
Author: Oswald Chambers

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"He moved from there to the mountain, east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent
with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east, there he built an altar to the LORD and
called on the name of the Lord."
Genesis 12:8

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be
careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you
get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift.
Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back
to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard it for yourself,
it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was
hoarded(see Exodus 16:20). God will never allow you to keep a
spiritual blessing completely for yourself. It must be given back
to Him so that He can make it a blessing to others.

Bethel is the symbol of the world. Abram "pitched his tent"
between the two. The lasting value of public service for God is
measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of
fellowship and oneness with Him. Rushing in and out of worship
is wrong every time - there is always plenty of time to worship 
God. Days set apart for quiet time can be a trap, detracting from
the need to have daily quiet time with God. That is why we must
"pitch our tents" where we will always have quiet times with Him,
however noisy our times with the world may be.

There are not three levels of spiritual life - worship, waiting and
work. Yet, some of us seem to jump like spiritual frogs from worship
to waiting, and from waiting to work. God's idea is that the three
should go together as one. They were always together in life of our
Lord and in perfect harmony. It is a discipline that must be developed;
it will not happen overnight.