Worship Rises Like Incense – Myles Munroe

February 14
[Aaron] is to take a censer full of burning coals from the altar before the LORD and two handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense and take them behind the curtain. He is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the smoke of the incense will conceal the atonement cover above the Testimony, so that he will not die. (Leviticus 16:12–13) In the Bible, incense symbolizes worship. Jesus told the woman at the well, in effect, “The Samaritans seek God on the mountain; the Jews seek God in the temple in Jerusalem. Yet, if you really want to come into God’s presence, you must worship Him in spirit and in honest motivation—in truth.” (See John 4:19–24.) Our fifth preparation for coming into God’s presence includes worship. God has told us we need to worship, but sometimes we try to bypass this step and jump right into prayer. God tells us, “Honor My name first. Worship Me.” He wants us to put some incense on the fire!
Worship leaders are very important in the body of Christ because they prepare the way for the congregation to enter into the Lord’s presence. Problems can result when the worship leaders’ hearts aren’t right. If our corporate worship is not as it should be, our worship leaders should examine their hearts. Are they putting incense on the fire, or are they jumping over the fire, trying to enter God’s presence without paying the price of purity?
Prayer:
Father God, thank You for receiving my praise and worship. Your Word says that You inhabit the praises of Your people. Show me how to worship You from a pure heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Worship is a choice of the heart.
Reading: Leviticus 15–16; Matthew 27:1–26
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional