True revelation comes only from God (Matt. 16:16-17). As God reveals who He is, all He has done, and all He has promised to do we all have a decision to make. Of course, you and I have chosen to believe and receive salvation, but what about the person next to you in church? As you sing what someone on the platform might call the best songs for worship and praise, do those songs genuinely invite God’s presence? Do those songs lead you to openly declare your immovable faith in Him? Or are they really just popular songs of today? The words we sing really can make a difference—in our lives and the lives of those around us.
10 For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation. Romans 10:10 AMP
The first mention of the word worship in the Bible is found in Genesis 22. In this chapter, Abraham faced the ultimate test of his dedication and obedience to God. He was about to climb the mountain to sacrifice his son, Isaac, as God had instructed him:
“Take your son,” [God] said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Genesis 22:2
Abraham was ready to obey God before he knew what would happen. He was about to experience God in worship — faith-filled worship! Take a look at his “words” to the men around him that day:
Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” Genesis 22:5
Abraham knew what he was about to do; he was going to sacrifice the child of promise. His sacrifice would be an act of worship, and he believed by faith that God would meet them at their point of faithfulness and need. What’s more, he expected Isaac to worship God as well.
In the natural, Abraham’s act of worship could cost him everything — his hope, his future, his promise from God Himself. Surely Abraham experienced a crisis of belief! Surely, he had his doubts. But Abraham knew by faith that he and Isaac would be back. He had had a revelation of God, and he knew his God would not let him down. Abraham’s worship — his act of obedience — was in direct response to that revelation.
The Hebrew word for “worship” used in Genesis 22:5 is the word shachah. It is used more than 100 times in the Old Testament, and it provides a picture of someone bowing, kneeling, stooping, or prostrating on the ground before God — the one who is lesser responding to the One who is clearly greater. The use of this word always indicated a physical action that was required of God’s people.
Abraham. certainly failed from time to time as the rest of us do, but his faith in God consistently produced obedience — and he was continually rewarded. That’s the same result we all desire! So, choose the songs you sing wisely. Let every word be biblically sound and then raise your voice of declaration, praise, and worship. The people sitting close to you may like those “young men” on the mountain with Abraham. They just may need to hear about God’s faithfulness through your voice and be drawn to God through the living testimony of your own life—at that very moment.
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