There are 2 kinds of people in the world. The kind of people who live to eat and the kind of people who eat to live. No matter which kind you are the 2 overlap to some degree. Everyone needs to eat to live so those who live to eat are fulfilling that need in their life. Even among those who usually just eat to live there is always that special occasion when they enjoy a good meal. As the holiday season approaches many will be preparing great feasts for family and friends to enjoy.
The feast provides, for the partaker, nutrition necessary for life. That is quite important but, beyond this the feast is also enjoyable. Who does not enjoy a tasty meal? Often the meal involves fellowship, a time for building relationships with family and friends. How many memories are centered around a meal, or a feast. For many the art of the meal or the feast table is just as important as the taste. At one time or another each of you have experienced each of these traits in a meal.
Isn’t it interesting that worship, throughout scripture, is often associated with a feast? Dozens of references relating feasts to worship could be cited here. Several feasts were initiated to remember holy days. Feasts are described as solemn (Psalm 81:3) and feasts are related to a “merry heart” (Prov. 15:15) and “a feast is made for laughter” (Ecc. 10:19). Worship provides for the believer everything that one thinks of when he is preparing for or remembering the feasts in his daily living.
Worship is necessary for the nourishment of the believer. Worship also provides opportunities to experience God, as the taste of food allows one to experience the meal. Worship involves fellowship, art and a remembrance of all that God has done and is doing in the life of His church. Worship invokes joy, laughter, and a “merry heart.” Worship is everything that the believer needs and desires for living in the Spirit.
The point of all of this is that worship cannot be relegated to a weekly activity. Neither can worship be relegated to, so-called, “sacred” activities. Worship is both necessary and desirable. Worship renders both nutrition and joy. Worship is something one can feast on in church weekly, but worship is something in which one can participate in all of his daily activities. According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism the chief end of man is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Worship, infused into the believers every activity, is both necessary and desirable for the glorification and enjoyment of God.
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