Worship—now there is a buzz word in the church today. I have said on more than one occasion that “no worship style fits all.” I believe that is true. Some people like a more contemplative worship experience, and some prefer a more celebrative worship experience. Done in the right way and for the right reasons, there is no reason that both of these worship experiences cannot bring glory to God.
I don’t intend to address the style of worship today, but I do intend to address a more fundamental subject—the substance of worship—that is the authenticity of worship. Now, that’s an important topic. The simple answer is that God is only pleased by authentic worship. Rather than the practice of worship, God is more concerned with the purity of our worship.
In Malachi’s day, the people had rebuilt the Temple, but they had not rebuilt worship. In fact, as we read in the text today, they were simply going through the motions of worship. This is another critical area of where Malachi speaks to us.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.