Prepared for Worship
will be like a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons
of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will present
offerings to the Lord in righteousness.—Malachi 3:3
quality of our worship is not based on our activities but on our
character. Churches can mistakenly assume that the better the music, the
more impressive the building, and the more eloquent the preaching, the
more worshipful the experience will be. Genuine worship, however,
originates from within our hearts. If our relationship with God is not
healthy, all these things are nothing more than religious pageantry.
Levites were the worship leaders of their day. Their task was to offer
sacrifices on behalf of the people. God declared that before they could
worship Him in righteousness, He would first refine them with His
refiner's fire, purging them of any impurities. Merely being members of
the religious profession, having official responsibilities in the
temple, and going through the rituals of worship, did not guarantee that
their religious activities would be acceptable to holy God.
we tend to look to external things to enhance our worship. The true
quality of our worship, however, rests within us. If we have not allowed
God to purify us first, our worship will be void of His presence. If we
do not have a pure heart, we may give offerings, but they will be
unacceptable to God. Attending a religious service will not
automatically ensure an encounter with God.
you are not satisfied with the quality of your worship, don't be too
quick to blame your environment. Look first to your own heart. Allow God
to refine your heart until it is pleasing to Him, and you will be free
to worship God as He intends.
—Experiencing God Day by Day