Be CAREFUL to ‘CONNECT’ with GOD through WORSHIP
February 18 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 28-30
Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Command the children of Israel, and say to them, 'My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.'" (Numbers 28:1-2)
A closer reading of Numbers 28 and 29 speak to us about how meticulously God had instituted the practice of offerings among the children of Israel. These offerings were “God’s food” (v. 2) and they would be seasoned by fire in order to be a sweet aroma to God. These offerings were very important to God, and so God assigned the children of Israel to bring offerings to Him daily (Num 28:3-8), on the Sabbath day (vv. 9-10), and on the beginning of the month (vv. 11-15).
In addition to these regular offerings that would recur on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, the Israelites were also required to bring offerings to God during their five important annual feasts: Passover (vv. 16-25), Feast of Weeks (vv. 26-31), Feast of Trumpets (29:1-6), Day of Atonement (vv. 7-11) and the Feast of Tabernacles (vv. 12-39). In fact, during the Feast of Tabernacles the celebrations would last for eight consecutive days starting from the 15th day of the 7th month (v. 12), and on each of the days the Israelites were to present specific offerings to God (vv. 12, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35).
If God was so specific concerning offerings with regards to the Israelites in the Old Testament, what is His attitude concerning believers in the New Testament? In order to understand this, we need to be clear about what kind of offerings God expects from our lives. Hebrews 13:15 provides to us that information: "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name" (Heb 13:15). It is clear that we need to offer to God our “offerings of praise”, which is the “fruit of our lips” that flows out of our thankful hearts.
Ideally, when should we offer our praises to God? The answer is “continually”. This is what God expects from us: "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thess 5:18) "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Col 3:17).
We really do not have a specific time to give our “praise offerings” to God. We can praise God silently in every situation that we encounter every day. We can praise God daily for His mercy and compassion that are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23), and for His faithfulness every night (Psalms 92:2). We can enter His presence with praise and thanksgiving (Psalms 100:4), and live our lives of humble gratitude for all that God has already done for us!
Let us be careful to connect with God regularly through our praise and worship as we dwell in His presence!