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“WORSHIP FOR SALE” – Mar. 17

March 17, 2013

“But they broke faith with the God of their fathers, and whored after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.” 1 Chronicles 5:25

How do you whore after other gods?

I understand how people whore after other people.  Whoring is probably one of the more derogatory terms for the transaction where money or some other benefit is exchanged for the most intimate of physical interaction between two people.

Whoring is selling what was supposed to be a gift, freely given in a relationship of mutual love.

Whoring is being a merchant of the act that was created to bind two individuals into one.

Whoring is under-valuing the priceless by setting a market value.

The half-tribe of Manasseh broke faith with God and whored after other gods.  Consider what they did.  They worshiped other gods.  They broke faith with God and worshiped the gods of the people who were supposed to be driven out.

WorshipThey sold their worship.

Our worship is to be freely given in a response of love and gratitude that wells up from our covenant relationship with our God.  Worship binds us and brings us close

to our God. Worship was never intended to buy anything.  It is a response of love.

The half-tribe of Manasseh sold their worship to other gods for better provisions, better protection, or at least to appease other deities.  They may have sold their worship to hedge their bets, just in case there was another god out there that might be greater than the God of Jacob.  God viewed their actions as a betrayal of the intimate covenant relationship he had with the people of Israel. They cheated on God by selling their love.

I am preparing to go and worship the Lord this Sunday.  I wonder how the Lord looks at a lot of the worship that he sees.Worship Rehearsal

Do I worship so that I will feel a spiritual rush? 

Do I worship so that I will win favor from God?

Do I worship without thinking about God?

Do I worship God on Sunday and seek my provisions elsewhere throughout the week?

Do I hedge my bets by worshipping various religious beliefs?

Do I worship as a source of entertainment?

God values our worship like spouses value the marriage bed.  May we never devalue worship.  It is the believer’s gift to the Lord Most High, freely given in a relationship of mutual love.

I don’t want to be a worship whore.

Let us realize what we are doing when we worship and do it with all of our hearts in spirit and truth to the glory of the one and only God Almighty.  That is the type of worshipers who He is seeking.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”  (John 4:23-24)

PRAYER: Lord, may my worship be pure.  Father, examine my heart.  Show me any areas where I have sold my worship.  Lord, you are my all in all.  I give You all of my praise because You a worthy of it all.  I don’t want anything in return for my praise.  I love you Lord.  You are my God and I freely and whole-hearted give myself You.  All praise be to your name.  Amen

9 comments

  1. Those questions near the end of your post ought to give pause to anyone interested in genuine worship. The first one caught my attention. Some folks think that if we don’t experience a spiritual “high” in worship, something must be wrong. Perhaps we’re forgetting the reason for worship: to honor God, give him praise, express our adoration. Often, his peace, joy and contentment follow a time of worship; sometimes, spiritual euphoria. But the latter shouldn’t be our goal.


  2. Having led worship and being a musician I long to worship in spirit and truth, but the human prideful struggle tries to get in the way.

    May God wipe all from our hearts during worship but thankfulness and needfulness for Him!


  3. As He sees our hearts, I pray He is pleased … and if He isn’t may our hearts be quick to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and turn from those seductive paths … back to true worship … He is worth all our praise!


  4. Thanks JD. This reminds me of the story of the publican and the Pharisee.


  5. Excellent Post! Thanks so much for reminding us that we must indeed worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.


  6. What a strong term being used…but Scripture’s motif of adultery to capture the word images of idolatry warrant the point of your post


  7. Amen glory to God blessing to you


  8. Amen! I pray that all of us would worship Him alone. I loved your blog, it’s given me something to really examine my heart over, thank you!


  9. Sadly, this is so true. Great post



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