PRAISE USHERS US INTO INTIMACY WITH THE LORD

Now Jacob (Israel) sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph, to direct him to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen. Then Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father in Goshen; as soon as he presented himself before him (authenticating his identity), he fell on his [father’s] neck and wept on his neck a [very] long time. And Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die [in peace], since I have seen your face [and know] that you are still alive.” Genesis 46: 28-30 (AMP)

As we study the life of Joseph, one important thing that keeps coming up is praise or one to could refer to it as worship. Praise is a fundamental part of our relationship with God, it demonstrates our faith in Him. The name Judah means praise the Lord and in this case, praising the Lord ushers us into Goshen, the place of refuge and safety right next to Joseph.

The worship, praise, adoration and Thanksgiving is typified by the spice called Galbanum. Galbanum means fat, the choicest part or the best. Fat was one of the two parts of the animal sacrifice that was entirely reserved for God (Gen. 4:4; Lev. 3:16–17). It signified the finest offering that could be given to Him, that which was beyond all else in pleasing Him: joyful worship “in spirit and truth” (Deut. 28:47; John 4:23) and joyful praise and thanksgiving to honor the Father by His Son and by His disciples (Ps.50:23; Heb. 2:12; 13:15).

The only thing the Lord God wants from us is our worship of Him. The enemy tried to steal this from God and he fell along with a third of the angels that followed him. He tempted Jesus Christ, Satan promised “the kingdoms of the world and their glory” to Christ in exchange for His worship (Matt. 4:8–9). The enemy continues to do the same today . He drives unbelievers to seek “the fat” of this age—to receive praise, worship, gratitude, and adoration for themselves (John 5:44). In direct opposition to the Word of God (Isa. 42:8), many in the body of Christ are spiritually overweight from taking to themselves that which belongs to God alone: the fat.

Meditate on:
• Worship is what our Heavenly Father wants from us.
• Worship precedes intimacy in relationship with the Lord.

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