worship I seek

Posted: 2015/09/03 in Biblical, Devotional, Discipleship, Pentecost
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Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins.  Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. “Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. (Isaiah 58:1-10, NRSV)

We do not fast so that people will notice.

We do not fast so God will notice.

We need to do what God needs for us to do in His world:

to loose the bonds of injustice

to undo the thongs of the yoke

to let the oppressed go free

to break every yoke

to share your bread with the hungry

to bring the homeless poor into your house

when you see the naked to cover them

not to hide yourself from your own kin

And when we do all this:

God’s light shall break forth like the dawn

God’s healing shall spring up quickly

God our vindicator shall go before you

and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard

 

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