|Keep it Pure!|
Psalm 81:8, 9
The Story: While appointed by David to his calling, Asaph only began it some 25 years after that, when the temple Solomon constructed was completed. He wasted no time in exposing the shallowness, hypocrisy, and compromises that were everywhere beginning to appear in Jerusalem (cf. 1 Kings 11:1-8). In Psalm 50 he savaged the congregation for their self-serving, shallow worship, and warned them that God has little patience with those who think He exists to do their bidding or according to their pleasure. Here again the Lord “admonishes” Israel. Given the context of this psalm – worship – we can suppose that this particular admonition has to do with some compromise in worship. Verse 9 makes it plain: Israel had begun allowing the worship of pagan deities to take place within their midst, and it may well have been that some of the practices associated with those deities were being urged on the worship of God. To his eternal credit, Asaph would have none of it.
The Structure: These days it doesn’t much matter what we do in worship, since most services of worship have very little conscious Biblical grounding and are designed to please the interests of the worshipers rather than the requirements of God. The voice of God speaks through the prophet Asaph, and He admonishes His people to heed His instruction and conform to His purposes and expectations when it comes to worship. Ah, but we say, that was in the Old Testament. Again we expose our silliness when it comes to the seamless Word of God – thinking that we can just lop off the Old Testament because we prefer the New. Whatsoever things were written in the Old Testament are for our instruction, and we jeopardize our faith if we ignore them – especially those things that relate to the worship of God.
How much do you understand about the Biblical teaching on how we should worship God?
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