Let There be Purpose to Your Worship

Daily Devotional

Luke 1:11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle his blood roundabout upon the altar.

Isn’t it interesting that the scripture said that the burnt offering should be killed on the side of the altar northward? What is the significance of this and what does it teach us about sacrificial worship?

The word northward used in the verse is symbolic of a higher or heavenly place. Therefore, what the scripture was teaching was that there should be a purpose to our worship and the purpose of our worship should be to get into a heavenly place or the Most Holy Place. What obtains in most cases is that we go to church on a Saturday or Sunday for worship because it is the tradition. The same is sometimes true of our private times of prayer and worship: we do it because it is the norm. Because that is the approach taken we merely go through the motion and end up having few encounters with God. If instead we make the focus of our worship that of having an encounter with God, more often than not this is exactly what will happen.

Note that the burnt offering had to be killed. Seeing Jesus or getting to the Most Holy Place will require total surrender. It is one thing to make seeing Jesus the goal of your worship, but if there isn’t total surrender it just will not happen.

God is calling you to take your sacrificial worship to a place where you have frequent encounters with Him, do not hesitate to answer the call.

Life Application:  Through a willingness to totally surrender, make it your goal every time you go into worship to go into the Most Holy Place and meet with God.

Prayer: Lord, I surrender all to you. I seek to worship you in spirit and truth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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