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My sister loves giving and receiving gifts. I can always count on Christmas and birthday presents from her being fun, thoughtful, and outside-the-box, and she’s the one in the family who gets the most excited about the gifts they receive. But the downside of this love for giving and receiving gifts is that she will sometimes complain about gifts that she’s gotten from other people that were cheap or less desirable. Growing up, I always thought that she was just materialistic, because gifts just don’t mean as much to me as they do to her. I can appreciate a fun and thoughtful gift, but I don’t feel more or less loved by someone based on the gifts they give. It wasn’t until I learned about the concept of love languages that I realized that my sister’s obsession with giving and receiving material things was not rooted in materialism but in her love language. Ultimately, she could care less about the gift itself, but the fact that someone was thoughtful enough to pick out a gift that she would like makes her feel loved. I thought that I was being loving to my sister through hugs and acts of service (my love languages), but these acts were missing the mark because they didn’t make my sister feel loved. The recipient of your love should affect how you show love.

In a similar way, the object of our worship should affect the way that we worship. This means that God gets to determine how we worship; we cannot worship Him however we want. If we go back to my relationship with my sister, would it be loving for me to continue to ignore the ways that I know she wants to be loved and continue to love her in the ways that I find the most loving? Of course not. If I continue to show my love by giving her hugs and cutting her grass while buying her thoughtless presents only on Christmas and her birthday, then I’m not really loving her. And if in your worship of God you neglect the ways that He wants to be worshipped, then you’re not really worshipping Him at all. And how does God want to be worshipped? Through prayer, through the reading and preaching of God’s word (Nehemiah 8:7-8), through song (Ephesians 5:19), and through the sacraments. But above all, God wants our worship to flow out of a heart that loves Him above all else (Deuteronomy 6:5). So as you come to worship this week, remember that the way you feel and the way you want to worship God don’t matter. The essential thing in worship is that we praise God from a heart that loves Him using the means that He has given us to worship Him.

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 12:1-7
Sermon: How Does God Want to Be Worshipped?

SONGS

All Creatures of Our God and King (David Crowder)
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Not To Us (Chris Tomlin)
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I Will Offer Up My Life  (Matt Redman)
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Song of Preparation: God and God Alone (Chris Tomlin)
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Song of Response: You’re Worthy Of My Praise (David Ruis)
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