Prepared for Worship
sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And
purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in
righteousness. (Malachi 3:3)
quality of our worship is not based on our activities but on our character.
Churches can mistakenly assume that the better the music, the more impressive
the building, and the more eloquent the preaching, the more worshipful the
experience will be. Genuine worship, however, originates from within our
hearts. If our relationship with God is not healthy, all these things are
nothing more than religious pageantry.
Levites were the worship leaders of their day. Their task was to offer
sacrifices on behalf of the people. God declared that before they could worship
Him in righteousness, He would first refine them with His refiner’s fire,
purging them of any impurities. Merely being members of the religious
profession, having official responsibilities in the temple, and going through
the rituals of worship, did not guarantee that their religious activities would
be acceptable to holy God.
we tend to look to external things to enhance our worship. The true quality of
our worship, however, rests within us. If we have not allowed God to purify us
first, our worship will be void of His presence. If we do not have a pure
heart, we may give offerings, but they will be unacceptable to God. Attending a
religious service will not automatically ensure an encounter with God.
you are not satisfied with the quality of your worship, don’t be too quick to
blame your environment. Look first to your own heart. Allow God to refine your
heart until it is pleasing to Him, and you will be free to worship God as He