Striving to know the Lord in worship

Worship seems to need to be both a joyful and serious business – the joy of the Lord should be our strength but there seems to be a need for careful and sober intentionality in order not to miss what we should be about. Hosea remind as that we must ‘strive to know the Lord’* and that sometimes the Lord has to say to His people ‘Your love for me is like the morning mist, like the dew that goes early away’**. Our worship practices should guide us to a deeper love and devotion and knowledge of God. ‘For loyalty is my desire and nor sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.’*** We know that the Lord commanded the sacrifices and the burnt offerings to be part of the old covenant worship but it seems that the fulfilling of these liturgical requirement were by no means His ultimate intention. If worship stopped at those practices alone then worship was not authentic. The sacrifices and burnt offerings were meant to lead to or inspire a live of committed and loyal living to God – to a heart after God. So, too, our worship and devotional practices are not ends in themselves – in them all there is still a need to ’strive to know the Lord’. We are not to hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power – ultimately unable to embrace the truth which has the power to set us free.****

‘As we rejoice in the gift of this new day. so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.’*****


References: * Hosea 6:4, **Hosea 6:7, ***Hosea 6:9, ****2 Tim 3:5-7, ***** Morning Prayer service in Common Worship


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