“Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah” (Isaiah 1:10).
Having believed so long that worship is based upon the prompting of one’s emotions, sentimental and nostalgic longings, personal preferences, or what the culture deems as “relevant,” some may be surprised to discover that God’s word actually offers instruction for a worship that is altogether fitting of a Holy God…especially in things to be avoided. The verses that follow (11-15) describe worship practices God considered wearisome and burdensome. The new moon festivals and appointed feasts don’t sound too different from any of the 314 national holidays and observances occupying the American calendar, that so many seek to interject into the worship expression of the church. Nostalgic journeys are a poor substitute for an eternal destiny. Worship belongs God; He will not share his time with the gods of culture.