I love the scripture found in Psalm 34:9; worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness.
This past weekend a friend called me and gave me this exact scripture. I read it numerous times Saturday night, and while it is a good scripture, it wasn’t impacting me. Yet, I still couldn’t get it off my mind. Usually when I do that, God is trying to tell me something and I just haven’t gotten it yet.
God had been talking to me again recently about ‘no worship, no rain.’ This is a subject he revealed to me some time back. It is from scriptures found in Zech. Where it says; if God’s people did not worship, on them there would be no rain.
If there is no rain, there is no harvest – it’s very simple. To have a harvest we must have rain. We know that truth in the natural and it is truth in the spiritual as well.
As I was pondering all this, I spoke with a friend on the phone about this. I told her how my most challenging thing is to not get caught up in work and neglect my intimate times with God. Years ago I heard someone say ‘if the devil can’t stop you from moving forward, he will get behind you and push.’
Now, that may sound dumb to some, but it made sense to me. You see, my problem doesn’t come in the midst of the battle, no, my mind is stayed upon God and His word at those times. Nor does my problem come when things are lacking, my eyes are on God entirely then. My challenge comes when things are going good and all is well and work is pouring in. I get busy with the things of life and sometimes neglect my time with God. I just get so busy. Now keep in mind, I do ministry work. At one time I justified this to say ‘well, I am working for you God, doing Your work.’ But that doesn’t cut it with God.
I would get so busy working ‘for God’ that I wasn’t spending any time ‘with God.’ Always remember this about God, He is a jealous God. If you are spending more time on anything else but Him, He will let you know it, and that includes spending more time on the good things He has brought into your life.
Remember Abraham and Isaac? God had to know if Abraham would love God more than the promise, God, Himself had given him. And Abraham proved faithful to his love for God.
As I was reading and re-reading the scripture in Psalm 34:9, I felt led to read it in the Message Bible, it says ‘worship God if you want the best. Worship opens doors to all His goodness.’
In my own life, I had seen that worship had many times opened doors, but I had never before seen it in scripture. Now I knew it was scriptural. After reading this I talked with two different friends and both said God was drawing them to worship in this season. Both felt compelled to worship.
I thought back to the time when God blessed me with a new home, debt free. Just before it happened, I felt compelled to worship. God would wake me up in the middle of the night and say ‘come, worship Me.’ And I would. This went on for some time and then God blessed me.
My friends, if you are feeling drawn by God to worship – take the time to worship. He is wanting to open up the doors of His goodness to you. Worship Him. The Bible says that His blessings makes one rich and He adds no sorrow to it. His way is the smooth way. His way is the best way. And one of His ways of opening doors of goodness, is for His people to worship Him.
Everyone needs doors of His goodness open to them, it comes through worship. One of my favorite scriptures is ‘I would have lost heart if I had not believed I would see the goodness of God in the land of the living.’
I know when I worship God, I will see His goodness. I know that from experience, but now I know from scripture that my worship to my God opens those doors of goodness. And I want to keep them open, so I will keep worshiping every day.
Don’t save your worship for the church service on Sunday or Wednesday – worship Him daily. Don’t only worship God in a crowd – set aside intimate times with Him, just you and Him. When you make worshipping Him a part of your day – His goodness will become a part of your day as well.