Lavish Worship

“I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped [them] with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.” (Luke 7:44b-46)

You will probably remember the story of the woman who went to the house of Simon, where Jesus was. She had previously lived an immoral lifestyle and had been forgiven by Jesus. When she found Jesus, she began weeping and letting the tears fall on his feet. She then wiped his feet with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with perfume.

Simon the Pharisee was there, and he was disturbed by this. But Jesus explained to Simon that this woman was expressing love towards him — and that this expression of love was an indication that she was genuinely forgiven. For he said, “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little.” (Luke 7:47)

Many of us are Christians, and we are indeed forgiven, but how sincere and how deep is our worship towards God? There are certainly “different strokes for different folks” and we do not all have to worship in the same manner. However, have you ever danced before the Lord like David did? (2 Samuel 6:14) Have you ever prayed with “strong crying and tears” like Jesus did? (Hebrews 5:7) Have you ever lifted up your hands in worship to God? (Psalm 63:4) Do you “clap your hands” and “shout unto God with the voice of triumph” like the Bible commands us to? (Psalm 47:1) This last one, in fact, is not an option, because the Bible simply says we should do it!

How lavish is our worship? Is it lavish and radical enough that God would consider it a worthy and acceptable sacrifice?

Heaven will tell, but shouldn’t we know for sure right now that we are really serving him and worshipping him with all of our might, like we are supposed to?

If, in your heart, you are not sure, then it’s time to dance a little more, clap a little more, shout a little more, cry a little more, and get on with it.

For now is the time to worship him!