This Also Is An Act Of Worship
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
Our first and most important act of Worship is to love God with all our heart soul mind and strength and to express that love in words in songs in prayers that extol the exclusive superiority of God above all things, all creatures, all wisdom knowledge understand power, majesty, dominion and authority.
But without the second part of worship the first is incomplete. The first thing that Jesus said was the will of God for His life was this.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” Luke 4:18
He didn’t say He has anointed me to sit on the throne of heaven and earth, even though that is exactly His position. He didn’t say as earthly kings might, He has anointed me to rule over all mankind and force them into righteousness by royal decree under penalty of death. No. He declared the will of God for his royal charge was to bring good news to the poor first, above all other things.
In Proverbs 14:31 the Spirit of God gives us a most profound manner and act of worship that could go unrealized if we do not determine in our hearts to do it.
“If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who made them; but kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.” Proverbs 14:31
Giving and ministry to the poor is as much an act of worship and is as pleasing to God as all the choruses of heaven and earth singing His praises and falling prostrate before Him in adoration and exultation.
Can such an ignoble act as buying a poor man a pair of shoes or paying the rent for the one about to be evicted from her home be as valuable and honoring to God as the unceasing praise that surrounds His throne as the living creatures worship Him resting not day and night saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come?” Revelation 4:8
YES! It is. Truly, our first ministry is to God alone, exclusively, passionately and all encompassingly.
Then, Just as Jesus, we are called to express that passionate worship also in our ministry to the poor. Whatever other acts of worship we do this one must not be neglected. To do so is to insult God, who made the poor just as He made all human kind. The poor and kings are the same in the sight of God, in worth, value and significance. But they are even more the focus of God’s grace, mercy and love because they are without wealth, station, power or influence in this world, being unaware of the covenants and promises of God that wants them delivered out of their poverty and brought into the kingdom of His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
If you want to worship the Lord most perfectly, sing to Him, express your love and adoration for Him, declare His goodness and might works, magnify His name in all you say and do and then, also honor him by your care and ministry to the poor. Give of your abundance, give and take no thought for how you will be supplied. Show kindness, patience, longsuffering, gentleness, encouragement, comfort, compliment and gratitude to the poor. Esteem them more highly than yourself and in all this you will worship God in spirit and in truth. This is worship that will always please Him.
“If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who made them; but kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.” Proverbs 14:31 GNT (Greek New Testament)
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18