Can you guess what word we use today from this Olde English word?
Well, let's see Weorthscipe broken down is this:
Weorth-Value or Worth
Scipe-Shape or Condition
In other words, judging the value of something...what is it worth to me?
Worship...puts a new spin on it doesn't it.
When you struggle with something having a stronghold on your life...well, you feel that it is WORTH more to you than not doing it. A moment of satisfaction (or a few moments depending on the vice) has more VALUE to you than doing what God has called you to do (or not do). It's simple...whatever has more worth to you, will get your worship.
Yet, not so simple...lies and deceit cement vices to our legs, arms...entire bodies. Sometimes they have dug so deep into our skin, that they almost seem to be part of us...something that requires no thought or decision at all...we just do it. This is where my frustration with "deliverance" comes....it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes the only way to be "delivered" from a situation is to completely cut of our leg from the knee down, in order to get the fused vice off of us....seems to be more destructive than delivering....but here is where God steps in an truly shows off...He begins to heal the wound...sometimes a new "leg" grows back, but most often, after pain and bandaging and frustration...we begin to learn to walk with a limp. Sometimes with the aid of a crutch or cane, but we move, we go...we're redeemed.
That...that God, deserves worship...the value is compared to none and worth the severing of limbs (if necessary) in order to give everything, every dream, every movement, every breath...in applause of Him.
(Thanks to Richard Smith, Pastor of Hopepoint for the inspiration of this from his Sunday Message)
Curious as to what You worship?