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October 2, 1992

24/7 Worship

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Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. PSALM 134:1
Day and night, the Levites of old worshiped God and offered up praise and thanksgiving to Him in the Temple (1 Chronicles 23:30). Today, we are the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), and our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). So is worship going up day and night in our lives?
This is easy on Sunday morning, during personal devotional times, or when we’re on spiritual retreats. But what about other times—especially at work? Are the altars burning and the incense rising to the Lord Monday through Friday from nine to five?
How would you worship the Lord in the following situations:
● at a lunch meeting with a client of the opposite sex?
● during a discussion with a colleague who likes to gossip about folks in the office?
● during a dinner out with your largest customer who wants to go to a strip bar?
● alone at night in a hotel room with adult entertainment just a remote click away?
● in a meeting alone with your boss when you were just given credit for an idea you know was your colleague’s and not yours?
● when you are tired, angry, or lonely?
Worshiping God 24/7 is certainly the ideal, but we must also guard against becoming religious. Our worship of Him cannot become a ritual. It cannot become a burden. It cannot become legalistic. We have to intentionally cultivate a worshipful attitude in our hearts.
Learning to worship God 24/7 will be hard work. There will be frequent failures. But you will be blessed.

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