Worship for a Perfect God

Here is a beautiful and humbling picture of how our worship is received by God.
Psalm 96:4-9 reminds us of the greatness of God and the worship he requires:
“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.”
Now, think of a child practicing the recorder, squeaking and squawking the notes to ‘Hot Cross Buns’ over and over again in an attempt to get it right. Or a child learning to play violin and the only noises they can produce for weeks on end sound like nails on a chalkboard. That is what our worship sounds like to God.
He, our majestic King and the Creator of all, is worthy of being presented only the most beautiful music, like that of a world renown orchestra or a talented singer who studied with the greatest vocal teachers alive. And yet, all we have to offer Him is the miserable, kind of annoying, plunking noise of a beginner that would never be allowed in a king’s court.
But don’t be completely distraught in our inadequacy or give up trying to worship because you feel you will never of it well enough. God does hear and accept our worship as worthy of Him- because of Jesus.
Imagine a child struggling to plunk out a tune on a piano in a hotel lobby. Then a stranger comes up to the piano, sits down on the other side of the bench, and starts playing alongside the child. The stranger plays beautiful chords and countermelodies that turn the child’s simple effort into an intricate and amazing song that starts to draw a crowd because everyone is amazed at the beauty of the music.
Jesus does to our worship what that stranger did for the child. Jesus stands with us before the Father and turns our feeble hearts’ cries of praise into a strong declaration of the majesty of our King.
“For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.””
– Romans 15:8-9
I am thankful for Jesus and His great sacrifice that I might be restored to relationship with the Almighty Father, be seen as righteous before Him and be able to offer worship that is worthy of His greatness.

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