Is worship a burden?

By September 16, 2013Dean

This post by Dean.

Has this scene ever played out at your house, apartment or dorm room? It’s Sunday morning. The alarm goes off so you role over wishing you just had FIVE MORE MINUTES! When you turn off the alarm you think, “I really don’t want to go to church today.” But you get up. You get cleaned up, find the right things to wear and make your way to the church building.

Now you’re there but things still really aren’t any better. You’re thinking about what to have for lunch… or how you really wish you would have slept in… or where that smell is coming from. Basically, you’re thinking about anything and everything other than worshiping God.

Has your worship ever been a burden?

Oh, you thought I was asking if it was a burden for you to carry. Last week I said I was reading Isaiah and I was having a great time learning from God. Chapter 1 hit me hard. I’m going to post a little bit of it here for you.

The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?
Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.

When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.
Your hands are full of blood!
Isaiah 1:11-15

Has your worship ever been a burden? Better yet, is your worship a burden? I think sometimes we can think God needs us to worship Him. Or maybe He doesn’t need it but He really wants it. He wants it so bad that even just giving him a halfhearted attempt is just fine. Like He’s a dog and if we throw Him some scraps His tail will wag and He’ll want to be our best friend for a whole month.

We’re talking about the creator of all we see (and don’t see) around us.  We’re talking about the one who wrote your DNA code.  We’re talking about the one who understands all mysteries.  And somehow we think we can either fool Him or He’ll just be happy with what He gets.  We really do have an ego problem.

Next time, don’t fake it.  Either just don’t, or take the time to be honest with God.  Let Him know your tired, or your mind is somewhere else.  Recognize who you are talking to.  Recognize who you are worshipping.  Recognize you’re standing before the King.

In this post I used church as an example.  This post takes on a whole other realism when we start to figure out through God’s Word that everything we do is worship.  Because I don’t want this post to go on forever I’ll leave you to think through what sort of ramifications that holds for us.  For now, spend some time HONESTLY worshiping God.  Spend some time talking with Him.  Spend some time singing to Him.  Just spend some time being real with Him.  If you do, I’m pretty sure you don’t have to worry about it being a burden for either of you.