How does God want us to worship Him? The biblical answer is really very simple, but humans lean to their own understanding and make it extremely complicated.
They put worshipers in the bondage of certain conditions and offerings and meetings three times a week where you have to come to the ‘house of the Lord’ because no other place will do and money, money, money and pilgrimages and forced prayer times and hocus pocus rituals and incense and holy water and fastings and observances and physical sprinklings and beads and prayercloths and sundayschool and bar mitzvahs and idols and images that ooze and gotta-read the Bible everyday and giving our children to be brainwashed into another man made religion and, and…
Is that what God wants us to do to worship Him? To blindly follow what others have imagined that we should do? To throw every conceivable ritual against the wall and hope that something sticks?
God does not need us to give Him or His “ministry” money; He owns the whole earth and everything in it. The only thing that He does not have is our grateful heart. And that is all He wants. He wants us to just sincerely thank Him and praise Him for all that He has done for us.
Why do we not thank Him? It is because we do not believe that He has delivered us and saved us from a disastrous and futile existence. He has already done this; all we must do is believe it. He has delivered us from sin and from sinning. All we need do is walk in His grace and mercy. Those who do this will thank Him, for they know what a deep pit they have been lifted out of. And they are thankful to Him for His love to them.
And so they continue to call upon Him in “the day of trouble,” and He delivers them, and they thank Him, and in so doing, together they create a circle of glorification of God. God is glorified through us thanking Him (Psalm 50: 15).
We are admonished to “offer unto God thanksgiving” (v. 14) and to “offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually..the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13: 15).
The thanksgiving and praise we give to God are the sacrifices we give to Him now in this present age. Our offerings should not be money but thanks and praise. We now should offer “the calves of our lips” instead of the animal sacrifices under the old testament (Hosea 14: 2).
We simply thank Him now, sincerely from a “broken and contrite heart.” And He hears us and has compassion on us and is near to us. This is worshiping Him in Spirit and in truth. Kenneth Wayne Hancock