The Two Sides of Worship

coin-side-1024x768Never fall into the trap of thinking that worship is only what we do to please God. There are two sides to the coin of worship and what we do to please God is only one of them.

Worship is not only what we do to please God, but it is also being pleased with whatever God does. It is not only doing things to make Him smile, but it is smiling at all He does; even when it hurts.

Jeremiah Burroughs explains:

In active obedience we worship God by doing what pleases God, but by passive obedience we also worship God by being pleased by what God does…

When Christians perform actions to God, their soul says, “Oh! That I could do what pleases God!” When Christians come to suffer any type of trial, their soul says, “Oh, that what God does might please me!”

I labor to do what pleases God, and I labor (to have) what God does please me…It is but one side of a Christian to endeavor to do what pleases God; you must as well endeavor to be pleased with what God does. (Taken from The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, p. 49).

So, fellow pilgrim, are you living to please God? Good. But are you also pleased with all God is doing in your life? May all our works be for His smile and may we smile at all His works.

About Dana Dill

I'm a Christian, husband, daddy, pastor, professor, and hope to be a friend to pilgrims on their way home.
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