Holiness in His House: Embracing Genuine Worship

Published on Aug 8, 2023
Category: Behold! | Devotion

Read the Bible in One Year: OT 1 Kings 1-2, NT Luke 19:28-48

Luke 19:46 – “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”

God is holy and holiness is expected in His house.

Jesus enters the temple and finds it filled with people conducting various commercial activities, essentially turning the sacred space into a marketplace. He is displeased by the disrespect shown to the house of God, which is supposed to be a place of prayer and worship. In response, Jesus drives out those who were buying and selling, condemning their actions and quoting from the Old Testament (Isaiah 56:7) to emphasize the intended purpose of the temple as a house of prayer. By cleansing the temple, Jesus demonstrated his authority and his concern for the purity and sincerity of worship.

God desires genuine worship, where believers come together in prayer and devotion, seeking a close relationship with Him. We are to be mindful of how we approach places of worship, conducting ourselves with sincerity and humility before God. We are called to approach God with awe and respect, recognizing that He is the Almighty Creator of the universe and the source of all holiness.

The church is meant to be

  • A place of worship, adoration, and prayer (Matthew 21:13)
  • A place of God’s glory (Exodus 3:5)
  • A place to gaze at God’s beauty (Psalm 27:4)
  • A place of unity, exhortation and strengthening each other ( Hebrews 10:25)
  • A place where humility and repentance reign (Isaiah 57:15)
  • A place where we seek and find God’s mercy and forgiveness (Luke 18:13)
  • A place for intercession – prayer warfare and spiritual battles (Ephesians 6:18)

As we gather in the church, may we come with hearts ready to encounter the living God, laying aside all distractions and worldly concerns. May our worship be characterized by sincerity and humility, seeking to honor and glorify the One who is holy and worthy of all praise. As we embrace the true essence of worship in God’s house, may our lives be transformed to be vessels of His love and grace to the world around us.

Ponder

  1. How has my attitude towards worship in God’s house evolved over time, and what steps can I take to cultivate a deeper sense of reverence during my times of worship?
  2. Have I allowed distractions or worldly concerns to interfere with my focus on God’s holiness during gatherings in His house? How can I redirect my thoughts and intentions to make the most of these sacred moments?
  3. In what ways can I actively contribute to creating a genuine atmosphere of prayer, worship, and unity within my local church community?

Scripture Writing: Psalm 27:4

For more daily devotions like this – At the Potter’s Wheel (Kindle)

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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