Sunday Morning Starters – Worship
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. (Genesis 8:20-21)
The last year was an incredible journey for Noah. No man has ever witnessed what he and his family lived through. First the terrible news of what was to become of the earth. Then the task of building an ark to house all the animals that were to be saved from the flood. The day of judgment arrived and gathering all the animals Noah joined his family in the ark of safety as the rains began to fall. Waters from the deep began to surge forward and in time the massive barge of gopher wood rose. All the people outside died. After forty days and nights the rains ceased but it would be more than eleven months before Noah and his family would stand on dry ground again.
Noah had seen firsthand the goodness and severity of God. He and his family had been blessed by the goodness of God because they believed in the promises. Every living being outside the ark learned the word of the Lord was true and perished in the flood. Only eight people stood on the earth. What a marvel that must have been to them. The first thing Noah did was not gather food, build a house or plant a garden. He built an altar. It was time to worship God.
Catastrophic events remind us of the power and grace of the Lord. Noah was a man of worship before the flood and it was only natural to worship his God first when he left the ark. People of God have a natural tendency to worship Him no matter the circumstances. Worship takes first place in their lives. There were a lot of things Noah needed to do in providing for his family. He realized that first things were first. Worship came before anything. People of God are like that.
Today is a day of worship. What we do today is to put God first in our lives. There is nothing we can do today that is more important than worshipping the ONE who saved us by His grace and demonstrates His wrath upon those who do not believe. We have so many opportunities to worship God as a collective group. It is sad that so many of God’s children try to do as little as they can. When Noah offered sacrifices to God the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Let our worship today be a sweet smelling incense to the Lord God Almighty and let us join with the saints in everything we have opportunity to be a part of today. Worship.
Faith is the light of time; it alone grasps the truth without seeing it; it touches what it does not feel; it sees this world as though it existed not, beholding quite other things than those which are visible. (J. P. De Caussade, Abandonment, 1880)