Abraham’s Call • Devotion #4: Worship
The older I get, the more I realize how difficult it is to remember everything that I have to do. When I was in college, I never had to write anything down. I could just remember what I was supposed to do and do it! After graduating, getting married, having a kid, and Mary getting pregnant again, we have so much more going on now. I have gotten in trouble multiple times by double booking us because I did not put the event in the calendar. Calendars and to-do lists are so important. Unless Siri reminds me that I put the clothes in the washing machine, they are going to sit there wet all night. I could go on and on about different situations where I just forgot and needed someone to remind me.
Genesis 12:7 says, “Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.”
Why did Abram build an altar? He built an altar so that he could remember. Anytime, for the rest of his life, as he walked by that altar, he would be reminded of what the Lord had promised him and what the Lord had done for him. Why do we worship? Why do we sing and praise God? It is so that we can remember. Our world is built on being busy, it is so easy to get swept up in that and forget about Christ. We get so bogged down by what the Lord “has not done for us” that we so easily forget the amazing gifts that He has given us. We get so focused on who we are that we forget who Jesus Christ is. This is why we need to worship God; this is why we sing on a Sunday morning. When we finally get through the doors of the church building, we can exhale, sing the words on the screen, and start remembering who Christ is. We get to sing about how He has never failed us, about His reckless love for us, how He is our only King, and about the glorious day that our sins were forgiven. All of these things help us remember.
Our praise and worship is an altar to Christ. It is on this altar that we sacrifice our selfishness, forgetfulness, and our sinfulness, and we remember who Christ is and what He has done for us. There is power in God’s people coming together, proclaiming the truth of Scripture in song, and together celebrating who Christ is. Do not let it become something that is an afterthought, or you may find yourself forgetting. Worship and remember what Christ has graciously done for you.