28 Jun Psalm 122:4; Romans 8:5-8
4 To which the tribes go
up, even the tribes of the Lord—
An ordinance for Israel—
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Worship begins with submission to God. The Israelites made the journey to Jerusalem for the festivals “according to the statute given to Israel” by God. They were submitting to God’s decree to go to a specific place at a specific time for a specific purpose: to worship Him. And the submission itself was also an act of worship. Any time we submit our time, talents, and treasures to God, we worship Him. Ultimately, what He wants is for us to submit our will to Him, as Jesus did in the garden. Paul tells us in Romans that we must submit ourselves to God, rather than the flesh, in order to please God. Do you recognize submission as worship? What do you need to submit to God today as an act of worship?