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My Ways or God's Ways? (Isaiah 55:8-9)

In this post we continue to examine some specific verses in Isaiah chapter 55. Please read the entire chapter and then let’s look at verses 8 & 9.

An often discussed question about worship is this: Is worship about my needs and desires or is worship all about God? This question must be carefully answered. Worship that is centered upon what an individual can get out of a worship experience is dangerous ground. We do come to worship with personal needs and desires, but worship must center on God. Worship is ultimately not about me, but is certainly all about God. True worship focused on God will fulfill my needs and desires.

Verses 8 & 9 in Isaiah chapter 55 help us with this important perspective on worship:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

When I read these verses I must fall down in worship on my face before Almighty God. How could I ever imagine that worship is about me? God’s “thoughts” and God’s “ways” are forever “higher” than my “thoughts” and “ways”. I must not question God’s “thoughts” and “ways”. He is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. God knows my thoughts and ways. He knows what is best for me. Therefore, our worship must focus on God. As we respond to him with our worship we are transformed into his likeness. Our thoughts and ways become his thoughts and ways. Worship is all about God and his love for us.