Labor in Love, Work is Worship
Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling." Psalm 139:13-18
Have you ever thought that you go to “worship” on Sunday and you go to “work” on Monday? According to God’s perspective we worship every day in many ways. The word “worship” in the Psalm 2:11 is the Hebrew word “abad” and it means, “to labor, work, do work and serve,” and it is used 290 times in the Old Testament. Have you ever connected your work as worship?
This is not just a reference to those who work in ministry or at church, it is referring to anything and everything that occupies our time and energy, thus the synonym for work, “occupation.” Whether you are a king, judge, waiter, preacher, accountant, teacher, military member, healthcare worker or domestic engineer also known as a stay-at-home parent, in all that you put your heart and hand to, God views it as worship that we should carryout with reverence and rejoicing.
How We Can Pray
We must be careful that the dreams we had when we went to work do not become something daunting. We cannot surrender our joy in the name of a “job” but hold tight to our joy in the name of Jesus. The author of our days is worthy of our praise as we clock in and even get knocked down in the hard days at work. I am constantly reminding myself that I don’t “have to", rather, "I get too”; it is a privilege to be able to go and grow at work knowing God does not want to kill us but fill us with fruitfulness and glory. As you step into this Labor Day weekend we are praying that your “worship” will include time of rest, laughter, and memories that you will treasure.
Will you please join us as we worship Him together in prayer?