Worship Has No Boundaries
EXO 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
God told Moses to instruct Bezaleel in how to construct a box. God designated the building materials and gave specific measurements including the length, width and the height of the box. The box, known as the Ark of the Covenant traveled in the wilderness with the children of Israel and it served several functions. It became the container that housed the tablets of the law, it was a guide and it went before the Israelites when they went to war. Most significantly the box was symbolic of the presence of God. Many years later when David was king he brought the Ark to Jerusalem and the Ark eventually took it’s place in the temple where the people recognized it as the presence of God.
The Babylonians invaded Jerusalem, defiled the temple and led the people into captivity in Babylon where they no longer had access to the Ark. This was a problem because the children of Israel believed that the presence of God only existed in the box so they felt that with out the Ark they could not worship and enter into the presence of God.
EZE 1:1 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.
As Ezekiel stood by the River Kebar he had an encounter with God and this brought about the realization that you could enter into the presence of God with out the box.
Worship requires no material artifacts because the essence of worship is spiritual in nature. Our physical conditions do not control God. God has no limits and He does not exist in a box. He controls situations, persons and even nations. Worship does not depend upon impressive buildings, practiced leaders, sheets of music and resounding musical instruments. Worshipping God is contingent upon us having submissive hearts. God is universal we can not confine Him to any specific boundaries because He has no boundaries. Our God is sovereign. He is able to do what He pleases, when He pleases and how He pleases. Therefore, we can’t restrict God to the narrow vicinities of a particular style of worship. We can’t confine God to a box.
REV 15:4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Dr. Olivia T. Hines
Worship Has No Boundaries