This Ezra was a scribe who was well versed in the Law of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given to the people of Israel. (Ezra 7:6a NLT)
Worship often times makes little or no sense to outsiders. They will often scratch their heads because we speak, sing praises, or give credit to a God whom they cannot see. Many times, our worship will be boiled down in their minds to pious acts of righteousness. They think that worship is about living up to a set of rules, like the Law of Moses.
He came up to Jerusalem from Babylon, and the king gave him everything he asked for, because the gracious hand of the LORD his God was on him. (Ezra 7:6b NLT)
What they don’t see is that there is more to worship than following a set of rules. To be sure, the Law of Moses was given to us by the LORD. Breaking the Law brings punishment and following the Law brings blessings. What they don’t see, though, is that the Law was given to us as a gift from a loving God. When we worship, we are not trying to be a “good person.” We are drawing near to the person of God.
Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, "All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me." Then Jesus *said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'" Then the devil *left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him. (Matt. 4:8-11 NASB)
How about you? Do you sometimes confuse worship with the following of rules? Do you try to worship by being a good person? Or, do you see the LORD as the only God who deserves your worship? Do you want to draw near to God? Do you worship the LORD?