Imagine if you turned up to church one week to discover that someone had broken in to the building and stolen everything of worth.
Reference: v.18 They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Imagine if you turned up to church one week to discover that someone had broken in to the building and stolen everything of worth. The instruments were gone, the lectern had been taken, and the communion table and its accessories were no longer there. The wall hangings were gone, the PA equipment had been taken and the seats were no longer there. If it was up to you, would you cancel the worship service?
Application: When the Babylonians attacked Jerusalem they destroyed all the religious buildings and took away the items of worship. In most of our churches today we don't have as much gold and bronze in our worship places as the Jews did, however we still have things that we come to rely on. Really, the only thing we need in a time of worship is God. If you were to strip everything else away, as long as God is there, we are able to worship. It is nice to have all of the other things – musical instruments, comfortable seats and electrical equipment – however our worship should not be dependent upon these things. God is everywhere and with us at all times. Whether we are at church, home or work, whether we have a Bible, song book or music, we are always able to worship God and bring Him glory.
Prayer: Lord, it is great that so many of us can gather in buildings and use our equipment to enhance our worship. However it is also good for us to remember that we are able to worship you at all times and with only our humble selves. Help us to learn how to connect with You at all times and in all places. Amen.
What have you come to rely on in worship?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.