We can read pages of God’s promises to the Israelites as His Story continues to unfold for His people during the time of Moses. Some of these blessings were very conditional. Do this and this will happen; if not, it won’t. The next blessing is contingent on the people’s choice to worship. “Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.”
God desired the Israelites to take over the land He had promised to them. This would require trust in God since the land was presently occupied by the enemies of God. Worship draws us near God; it gives us a proper perspective of the goodness and greatness of our Lord. Although the blessing mentioned above was specifically for those about to enter into the Promised Land, we as those living years later can still draw on the importance that God places on worship.
Choosing to worship God blesses us in many ways. Worshiping God is easy to do when our world is humming along smoothly. I remember thinking about this with heightened depth one Sunday morning. Several members of our house church family were enjoying a vacation together so we gathered to worship God on the beach. The waves were rolling in and before Russell preached, one of the young guys strummed his guitar as we sang a song called, It is Well with my Soul. My eyes welled up with tears, thinking of how the day before Sophie had nearly drowned as a rip tide took her further and further from the shore. Did I have the deep conviction that even in tragedy, God is worthy of worship? I sang on, sensing His nearness. Come what may, because of Him, it is well with my soul.