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“You say, ‘Not so! How do we despise you?’ “By your shoddy, sloppy, defiling worship.“ You ask, ‘What do you mean, “defiling?” What’s defiling about it?’ …when you offer worthless animals for sacrifices in worship, animals that you’re trying to get rid of—blind and sick and crippled animals—isn’t that defiling? Try a trick like that with your banker or your senator—how far do you think it will get you?” God-of-the-Angel-Armies asks you.” Malachi 1:6-8, MSG

God seems pretty serious about Israel’s worship. But can worship really be “shoddy” or “sloppy?” Doesn’t God just want us to worship...period? Of course God wants us to worship Him, but He is also asking for our best. Always. 

How do we despise God with our worship? By coming to Him with sloppy or half-hearted worship. He deserves our best – undistracted, uncluttered, selfless worship. When we come to Him with pure hearts, excited to be in His presence, He is honored. 

What does it mean when it says that we offer worthless animals, animals we are trying to get rid of – blind and sick and crippled animals? These can be taken as the attitudes and forms of our worship. Our lives should express worship in all areas. We are to live lives of worship, and set apart time so we can privately praise the Lord.

When it comes to worship in a corporate setting, it must be pure hearted and genuine. We need to be aware of “blind” worship which is done out of routine without seeing or recognizing the meaning and spirit that should be behind it. Being aware of “crippled” worship is when we avoid worship that has no power behind it. We should worship from a spirit of faith that exhorts and pushes out victory. 

God loves to be worshiped. It’s easy to keep our hearts pure in worship when we simply remind ourselves of how great He is.

Things to keep in mind:

1. Stay prayed up – Keep the main thing the main thing. Putting Jesus as the focus everyday takes the pressure off. 

2. Get some sleep – It’s easy to show up Sunday morning (and any morning really) half asleep and shot up with coffee… It’s another thing to come with proper sleep and rest. This helps us stay on track and avoid being “sloppy.”

3. Stay close – The heart of God is a good place to stay close to. He has a way of keeping us clean and right.

Let’s make it our goal to give our best to Him always. John 4:23 says, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”

I know I want to live a life like that. 

Say It: "Father, thank You for always being there. Forgive me for coming before You with "sloppy" worship. I choose to come to You with my best undistracted, uncluttered, selfless worship. You are amazing. In Jesus' Name. Amen."