Have you ever thought about the fact that God is hungry?
Ponder Psalm 50:12-15 for a moment:
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will glorify Me.”
God definitely has an appetite, but it is not for physical food. It is for His people to honor Him, to worship Him, in spirit and in truth. Worship is food to God. And everytime we offer our real, authentic, honest, and sincere worship to Him, He is filled and satisfied.
Worship is Food to God.
Now that our kids are grown and have left our home, we are constantly faced with leftovers. We stick them into the back of our fridge and they stay there until our senses are offended by some pugnit smell, and we choose to find the guilty party and disgard it, dry-heaving along the way. I wonder how often God is “dry-heaving” over what little we offer Him in worship (Revelation 3:15-17). We come dragging into the worship service and often give Him our leftovers from a difficult week that He was barely, if at all, allowed to be a part of. Going through the motions of “church” is like pulling the leftovers from the back of the fridge. Just like we want to eat something fresh, God desires fresh worship from our hearts to His. It is that kind of worship that satisfies Him.
I think about all the heroes of the faith. They had these DEEP relationships with God. They lived at such a deeper place than we often do. What was their secret? Genuine worship and faithfulness to God. Faithfulness is food to God. And it was out of that deep relationship that God spoke to them of things that He did not disclose to just anyone. You want to hear God’s voice like others? It comes through sincere, authentic worship.
I love the story of the woman at the well. Tired, wounded, and the object of gossip, with a whole lot of questions, and a whole lot of shame. I have been there. I have felt those stinging pains. Jesus engages her with acceptance, belonging, love, compassion, honor, respect, and grace. As they dialogue together, Jesus talks about the worshippers that God seeks are those who worship in “spirit and truth“. I say that means “I know what I am singing/speaking about, and I mean it with all my heart.”
God is Looking for True Worshippers to Feed Him.
Through their conversation, she is made aware that Jesus may just be the long-awaited Messiah. She runs back and tells the people. Worship. But here’s what is so neat: when the disciples return to Jesus with food, He is no longer hungry. Why? Because she worshipped Him. Her worship of Him was filling to Him. It satisfied Him. You see, the only food that matters is the food that satisfies us. Right? SO it is with God. Then, Jesus makes this statement: “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish the work.” Jesus’ food was faithfulness to God, fulfilling His purpose. Ultimate worship.
“I beg of you sisters, by the mercies of God that You give yourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God which is your reasonable act of WORSHIP.” Romans 12:1
THE ONLY FOOD THAT MATTERS IS THE FOOD THAT SATISFIES
When the Trinity bellies up to your table, what are you feeding Him?
May we FOCUS our lives around genuine worship and faithfulness in discovering and fulfilling the very purposes for which we were made. This is the food that satisfies the hungers of God.