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And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering.

- Genesis 4:3-4

And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the Name of the LORD.

- Genesis 4:26

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His Name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

- I Chronicles 16:29

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

- Psalm 23:6

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.

- Psalm 27:4

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

- Isaiah 2:3

And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day, and stood up for to read.

- Luke 4:16


Church people have always desired to worship God. In Genesis 4 we read of the first family, Cain and Abel, bringing their offerings to the Lord (Genesis 4: 1-5). The institution of public worship by the lineage of Seth and Enos is also related in this chapter (Genesis 4:26). The patriarch's altars, the tabernacle and temple services, the heartfelt desires of the psalmists, the longings of the prophets, the synagogue procedures, and the New Testament mission work and ministry all testify of this truth. The church loves to worship its God.

    A minister once testified in the following manner of the need and importance of worshipping and praising God:

    "Have you ever noticed that whenever anyone values something or someone, they desire to praise that object or person? Lovers desire to praise their loved ones; readers, their favorite authors; parents, their children; travelers, their trips; and owners, their new purchases. We naturally love to praise that which we value and esteem."

    "Do you see that those who value and esteem God, love to praise Him? Their heart's desire is to honor and worship Him."

    While the old, sinful nature of a child of God can hinder and hamper the new nature, yet this characteristic can serve as a mark of grace. Do you love to worship God?

Man was created to know, love, serve, and worship his Creator, - the one, true, eternal God. All of life is religious because it is performed in God's presence and should be done in service to Him according to His will. Work and worship, doctrine and life, are not to be separated in our lives. Yet there needs to be special


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