What Does Worship Cost?

7 02 2009

There is this story in 1 Chronicles 21 where King David is instructed to build an altar on the threshing floor of this guy – Ornan the Jebusite.  So David goes to this Ornan, who bows down and pays his respects when he sees David approaching.  David tells Ornan he wants to buy the site from him so that he can build an altar to God – and that he’ll pay the full price.

Ornan tells David that he will give it all to him for free: the site, oxen for the burnt offering, threshing sledges (whatever that is), wheat for a grain offering, etc.  It’s all the king’s for free.  He should do with it what seems good to him.

But David refuses to take it for free and insists on paying the full price!  He says, “I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (1Chr. 21.24 NRSV)

…I will not offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.

What does our worship cost us?   How should it cost us?

…apparently it’s supposed to cost something.  (And not just financially)




One response

10 02 2009

Worship costs whatever you are willing to pay the song leader 🙂

Good thoughts though…..not sure how to give a brief in depth response.

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