Prayer: The Simplicity of (True) Worship

For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight…May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed! Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.—Psalm 72:12-14, 17-18  

Gracious God,

Oh, that we have made worship such hard and difficult work! But you have made it simple enough: to call upon You for help when we are in trouble and distressed and thank You when you have come to help us. And through these alone you are glorified.

The devil’s trickery has never changed and he would have us think we need to add so much more and that dependence on You and praise of You is not enough. He would have us turn to self and so many other measures. His joy is to see us confused, uncertain, and (over)burdened. In a state of perpetual wonder if we are pleasing You at all until it drives us far from You and completely to self-sufficient.

You gave the laws of Moses to the Israelites which were and are impossible to keep, but to us You have given grace and a wide place to walk. There is a wideness in Your mercy like the wideness of the sea and kindness in your justice which is nothing but liberty for weary sojourners.

It is a good word today Father, that it is enough. It is enough to call upon You when life has become too much and threatens to overwhelm me and stress my faith in You! It is enough to live in Your grace and receive Your help! It is enough to have a thankful heart and forever praise You with my lips and in my heart! Help me to reject anything or anyone that counsels otherwise. Today I will accept and live out the simplicity of worship and I will not add to it. in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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