Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you. Exodus 23:25 | NIV
Many of us may not be thinking about the applicability of worship during this Coronavirus pandemic. Some people think that just because they are not able to participate in corporate worship, they do not have to worship. However, worship is the lifeblood of the believer. A believer that does not worship is like a basketball without air.
Worship ushers us into the presence of God. It allows us to dwell in the secret place of the Most High and hide under the shadow of The Almighty. Have you noticed that there is no sadness in worship? Worship is therapeutic for the soul and rejuvenates our emotional selves.
In today's text, we are learning several new benefits of worship. First, worship persuades God to bless our food and water. That is the curative aspect of worship. Most foods are filled with carcinogens. Unless we grow our own food on our own farms, we will not know what is in the food we eat. We also do not know what microbe is in the water we drink. All we are called to do is to bless our food and eat. God sanctifies the food and water of the worshipper.
Secondly, worship motivates God to take away sickness from among us. I know what some of you are probably thinking as you read this devotional. You may be saying, what about COVID-19. After all, people are dying at an alarming rate. Can I tell you that God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 is real? The Lord can heal our land.
As we struggle to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic, may I encourage you to deepen your worship! Social distancing should not hinder our worship. On the contrary, it should give us more time to worship. We do not have to jeopardize our health and the health of other brothers and sisters by having corporate worship. Believers can worship God in the privacy of their homes. We can worship him on social media and any other platform we want to use. The important thing is that we set time aside to worship.
Even as we pray for those infected with coronavirus, and those that have lost their employments because of COVID-19, we should worship Almighty God. Since Monday, the Holy Spirit has been whispering in my ears, “take time to worship.” After each prayer session, I have had with the Lord, I felt overwhelmed with a desire to serenade God with my worship.
I cannot control what is going to happen in the next few minutes or next week. I do know that nothing can happen without God’s permissive will. Therefore, I am going to continue to worship despite the devastation of COVID-19. I want God to take away the sickness from my elderly father and my siblings living in New Jersey, so I am going to worship. I need the Lord to bless my church family and my pastor, so I have to worship. For the sake of those in my sphere of influence that is struggling with unemployment, sickness, or the death of their loved ones, I am going to worship.
Whereas it is natural for us to be concerned about what is going on in the world with COVID-19 and the economy, we should not allow our concern to paralyze our desire to worship. Perhaps, you may want to call a friend, or colleague, or neighbor, or family member and worship with that person on the phone. God is inviting you to worship him. He promises to bless your food and water. He will take away COVID-19 from the land in due season. In the meantime, we should worship!
Prayer- Blessed Lord, please stir up our spirits so we can worship you in spirit and truth even as we wait for your deliverance from COVID-19.