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The Cost of Worship

2 Chronicles 3:1 (NIV)
Then Solomon began to build the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David.

There are some places, even specific locations, that seem to have special significance to God. One of them turns out to be a rocky hilltop once owned by a local farmer to thresh wheat. This piece of property was purchased by David to offer a peace offering sacrifice with God to remove His wrath with David and the plague from the people 2 Samuel 24). This location also seems to be the place where Abraham offered Issac to God (Genesis 22:2-19).

Even though Solomon's Temple becomes one of the most amazing facilities in the ancient world, all those who would visit would be conscious of the location's significance. It would serve as reminder of what worship requires. Worship requires obedience. Just as Abraham obeyed, so do I have to bring my own sacrifice to God. If worship requires obedience, it also requires faith - the exercise of my dependence upon God. It's also requires repentance. Knowing that my choices have conseqences that affect more people than just me (as I am a husband, a father, a leader), my worship requires self-examination and humility. Worship requires sacrifice. Whether it is placing my dreams and desires on the altar like Abraham, or the death of my pride and self-reliance, like David said, "I will not offer to the Lord that which cost me nothing."

The temple that Solomon built was decorated with offerings of gold and silver. But the worship that happened there required offerings of another kind...a sacrifice of obedience, faith, repentance.

Lord, I don't want to offer worship that doesn't cost me anything. I want my worship to be pleasing to you because I have offered my obedience and faith, and come in humble repentace before You.

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