Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Luke 19:45-46
Jesus quotes two prophets as He defines worship in the temple. One is a positive example (Isaiah 56:7), the other negative (Jeremiah 7:11). True worship of God reveals God to people. The temple was to be a place where worshiping God would become a draw for all nations to come and worship the one true God. Yet at the time of Christ, as at the time of Jeremiah, it had become a place for the worship of this world. The worship did not reveal God, it revealed greed. Prayer is that constant conversation with God that his children have with him. The temple was to be a place where there was constant conversation with God that allowed for his presence to be palpable. Instead, it had become a place that was indistinguishable from the world. What of my worship? What of the worship of the Church gathered? How are the worship services that I attend revealing my heart of constant conversation with God through Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit? Can people tell I have been with Jesus? Is the gathering of the Church displaying reliance upon God or self? How can my worship reveal a total dependence upon my Savior? May greed not find its way into my worship.
Father, may you alone be worshiped. I am a temple of the Holy Spirit. I realize that as your dwelling place I can reveal a total dependence upon a continuing conversation with you that keeps me in your presence. May people see you when they see me. May your presence be palpable in my life! Amen.