Scripture Reading: Exodus 24
What’s the ultimate goal of being set free? What does freedom finally allow us to do, without hindrance?
The answer I’ve read over and over in Scripture is this: we’re set free so we can worship God.
If a person can’t worship God, fully from their heart, then they’re still in bondage. They may live in a free country, but if they can’t worship God, they’re not really free at all. On the other hand, they may live in a prison cell, but if they can worship God, they are truly free. The degree of freedom we have in our lives is directly proportional to the degree to which we’re able to worship God from our hearts.
This was God’s ultimate goal for setting the Israelites free from Egypt. He told Moses to bring the people out into the desert so they could worship Him. He sets us free from sin, not only because it’s good and helpful for us, but also so that we can be released to worship Him with our whole hearts.
In Exodus 24, Moses and his people have finally made it out to the place where God told Moses to come. Now they can start doing what they came to do, starting with Moses and some of the other leaders. God calls them up to the mountain to worship. The rest of the people will get their chance soon. But for now, God calls Moses to lead the way:
“Then he said to Moses, ‘Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, but Moses alone is to approach the LORD; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him’ ” (Exodus 24:1-2).
Moses is about to become their “worship leader.”
And what a worship service it is! Take a look at what happens when they come up to the Lord:
“Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.” (Exodus 24:9-10).
They saw God―and lived! Then they ate and drank in His presence there on the mountain. Wow! To come into the presence of God, to see Him, to eat and drink and have a party right there at His feet―that’s a true mountaintop experience!
The cool thing is, we can now do that any day of the week, no matter where we are or what’s going on in our lives. We can take a moment, even right now, today, to spend a few minutes in the presence of the Lord, worshiping Him in our hearts.
You may not be able to sing. You may not be able to play an instrument. You may not be able to speak well. But you can do one thing right now that no one can stop you from doing: you can worship God in your heart.
You might not think you can. You might think others are hindering you from it. You might think your circumstances are preventing it. But the truth is, nothing―and no one―can stop you from worshiping God. You can choose right now to worship Him!
Just say, “Father, I want to worship You. I want to be in Your presence. I want to eat and drink and enjoy a few moments with You, right now. I want to worship You!”
If sin is holding you back, confess it. If fear is getting you off track, let the Lord, Your shepherd, lead you beside His still waters. If life is weighing you down, let Jesus pick you up. He offered each of us this promise: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Come up to the Lord and worship. This is why He set you free!
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