Perhaps the most important application of godly communication is worshiping the one who created communication. In worshiping our Lord, we offer a sacrifice of praise. We don’t get far into the Bible before we encounter acts of worship. In Genesis 4, we read about Cain and Abel bringing offerings to the Lord. Among the things we learn in this passage is that some worship is acceptable to the Lord and other worship is not (vv. 4-5). Since Genesis 4, God has revealed a great deal more as to how He is to be worshiped.
Worship and Westminster
Recently I shared on social media Question 109 of the Westminster Larger Catechism concerning that which is forbidden in the second commandment. I had recently experienced an unfortunate violation of this commandment. Question 109 provides an important reminder to those of us who worship the Lord.
Q. 109. What are the sins forbidden in the second commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the second commandment are, all devising, counseling, commanding, using, and anywise approving, any religious worship not instituted by God himself; the making any representation of God, of all or of any of the three persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever; all worshiping of it, or God in it or by it; the making of any representation of feigned deities, and all worship of them, or service belonging to them; all superstitious devices, corrupting the worship of God, adding to it, or taking from it, whether invented and taken up of ourselves, or received by tradition from others, though under the title of antiquity, custom, devotion, good intent, or any other pretense whatsoever; simony; sacrilege; all neglect, contempt, hindering, and opposing the worship and ordinances which God hath appointed.’
Worship and Judges
The idea of this kind of error has continued in my mind and I realize how easy it is to allow ourselves to be diverted from the true worship of our Lord. I was recently reading in Judges and was reminded of this concern by this story in chapter 17. There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. And he said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the Lord.” And he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother. And his mother said, “I dedicate the silver to the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a metal image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.” (vv.1-3, ESV)
How quickly this family from God’s people left the true worship of God to turn to idol worship. How quickly they departed the rules of worship established by the Lord Himself to do what was right in their own eyes.
Worship and Disciples
This should be a reminder to those who profess to be disciples of the Jesus Christ. Our Lord calls us not only to worship Him, but to worship Him as He has commanded us. How can we call it true worship if we choose to ignore what He has commanded and approach Him according to our own desires? God wants us to communicate our worship of Him as He has revealed in His Word.
Going back to Genesis 4, the Lord speaks to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it” (vv. 6-7). These verses not only show us that God wants us to do well in worshiping Him, but that there are negative consequences for not doing well.
Let us, as followers of Christ, not worship Him ignorantly; deciding in our own hearts and minds how we will worship. No, let us devote ourselves to obeying God’s Word by worshiping our Lord as He has commanded.
Be quick to hear, slow to speak,