The Journey - April 30, 2015

The Journey with Ron Moore

Spiritual Burn Out? | Psalm 69:29-36

Today's Passage: Psalm 69:29-36
Key Verses: Psalm 69:30-31

I will praise Godís name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.

Serving the Lord in different areas of ministry is a great demonstration of love. You may serve as a teacher for children, teens or adults. You may cook meals for those going through challenging times or serve meals to the homeless. You may be gifted in music, or your gift may be working behind the scenes. No matter what your gift is, please hear this: Service without worship results in spiritual burnout.

Bringing sacrifices to the Lord was a part of Israelís service. The Israelites needed their oxen to plow the fields. Bulls with horns (signifying maturity) were needed to increase the herds. Sacrificing these animals was a costly act; but sacrifice without worship is a futile exercise. David says that praising God in song and thanksgiving will please the Lord more than sacrificing valuable animals. Service should take place, but not without worship.

As you serve, be sure to spend time praising Godís name in song and glorifying him with thanksgiving. Remember: Service without worship results in spiritual burnout.

Father, remind me often of this truth. It is easy to get immersed in service and neglect taking the time to read your Word and worship your person. Help me learn the balance of heartfelt worship and meaningful service. In Jesusí name. Amen.

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