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Worship:
In Spirit
-- A Practical Allegiance
The singular, pure allegiance in order to worship God acceptably that one
must have must be a practical allegiance, worshipping no other deity; and a
pure allegiance, loving God from the heart; but, if it is not a practical
allegiance which maintains obedience to His word, then worship cannot be
acceptable. Too often, there have been those who have felt they could
acceptably worship God and fail to be obedient to His word. They have felt that
as long as they “worshipped,” as long as they attended worship services and
went through the motions, they were just fine in the sight of God. But, that is
not the case.

The prophet Samuel told King Saul of Israel what God had commanded him to
do:

Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare
them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep,
camel and ass. (1 Samuel 15:3 KJV)

Yet, when King Saul returned from his mission, Samuel went out to meet him
and said:

And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears,
and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? (1 Samuel 15:14 KJV)

And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made
the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?
And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the
sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.
{they...: Heb. they consume them} Wherefore then didst thou not obey the
voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the
LORD? And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD,
and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the
king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people
took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have
been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. And
Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the
word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. {witchcraft:
Heb. divination} (1 Samuel 15:17-23 KJV)

Even the king of Israel, anointed of the Lord, needed to obey the word of the
Lord in order to be acceptable to God. Even a desire to worship God could not
replace the need to obey.

Isaiah dealt with a similar problem with the nation of Judah in his day. He
declared unto the people:

Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our
God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your
sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams,
and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs,
or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at
your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an
abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies,
I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons
and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am
weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine
eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands
are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings
from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment,
relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now,
and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be
as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if
ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the
LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 1:10-20 KJV)

All of the sacrifices which the nation of Judah offered, all of the assemblies
they attended, all the feast days they observed, were unacceptable in the sight
of God because they failed to be obedient. Whey they would hold forth their
hands for help, God would not see. When they prayed, God would not hear.
Unless their allegiance was a practical one, their worship was vain.

The apostle Paul uses similar language to Isaiah in writing to the young
evangelist Timothy:

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath
and doubting. (1 Timothy 2:8 KJV)

The hands that are spread forth in prayer to the Father must be holy. As the
wise man said,

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of
the upright is his delight. (Proverbs 15:8 KJV)

And,

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
(Proverbs 15:29 KJV)

Hands that have engaged in evil and wickedness are not acceptable in
worship.

To offer acceptable worship one must first be obedient. Jesus clearly taught
this principle when He said,

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy
brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go
thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
(Matthew 5:23-24 KJV)

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus plainly showed that without obedience,
man could not be acceptable to God.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of
heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will
say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in
thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that
work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon
that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that
heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a
foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended,
and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it
fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:21-27 KJV)

Thus, before we come in worship unto the Father, let us remember the words
penned by inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn,
and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:7-
10 KJV)




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