Today is the last post of our look at the story of Joshua and some worship principles we can find there. So far, we’ve found three principles:
Our last principle is one that is vital to understanding our worship of God and our relationship with Him.
4. Worship is a Choice
As they entered the Promised Land, the Israelites were very busy. There was much to do as they established their residence and dominance in this new land. They had to capture Jericho, continue a military campaign throughout the rest of the land, and take back the land as their own.
They had a few things on their plates. There were competing demands, so they had to make choices. Sound familiar?
Joshua was wise to notice this, so he stopped the people before they continued into the land and called them to worship God. Joshua recognized the fact that they needed to choose to worship the Lord. They wouldn’t worship Him on accident, so it needed to be intentional.
This is the very same for us, except the busyness looks different. Soccer practice. Meetings. Dinners. The list goes on. Though the external conditions may look different, the choice for what our time goes to remains the same: Worship or Other Things?
Personally, I’ve always had a hard time being consistent having time alone with God everyday. I know, a pastor struggling with his quiet time: Crazy, right?
Anyways, recently I came to the conclusion that I to choose what I wanted more: to worship God or to sleep in. Extra sleep is always compelling, but honoring God pays further dividends.
Since then, I’ve been getting up early every morning to read and pray before I start my day. I’m glad I made my choice.
Joshua was sensitive to this same tendency of his people, knowing they’d easily forget the value of choosing to worship the Lord. We need to choose, like Joshua and the Israelites, to intentionally worship the Lord. Not just with our songs or an hour and a half on Sunday mornings, but with our lives.
Choose to worship the living God who continues to love and provide.