God actually rejects worship.
The spirit of Cain.
Not wanting anyone else to succeed around us and intimidating by the success of others.
Amos 5: 21-24
“I hate, I despise and reject your [sacred] feasts,
And I do not take delight in your solemn assemblies.
“Even though you offer Me your burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
And I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fattened animals.
“Take the noise of your songs away from Me [they are an irritation]!
I shall not even listen to the melody of your harps.
“But let justice run down like waters
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream [flowing abundantly].
When worship is not bent out in compassion, God rejects it.
Worship is an outward expression of the inward reality of our heart.
“Worship leaders, KNOW YOUR BIBLE, KNOW the heart of God. Our worship should be changing us so radically, that we cannot NOT being the Church in our cities. It HAS to change us.” -TM
Are we wiling to step out first into the raging waters of chaos? SO THAT we might bring heaven to earth. We are postured to be the first to affect change.
“Let’s stop being the Church in the church and start being the Church in the world.” -TM
With what shall I come before the Lord [to honor Him]
And bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves?
Will the Lord be delighted with thousands of rams,
Or with ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I present my firstborn for my acts of rebellion,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
Except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion),
And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?
Spirit and truth worship calls us to this: DO justice, LOVE kindness, WALK humbly.
Spirit and truth worship call us to bring heaven to earth, by way of compassion. ACTS of compassion.