Hosea 6:6 I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
V.1 They bring the sacrifice and light the altar fire
sparks erupt into (forbidden) a mighty flame
an awesome sight, dancing in the night
pagans chanting ancient (native) songs of praise crying out unholy praise ritual
Appeasing the false gods - wrestling with fates
In all the noise they make they can't hear God say
Don't light that (I don't want) strange fire - unholy sacrifice
Get higher than strange fire
Love Me and do what's right
V2. a puppet on (church strings) your string
you'll tell me anything
to get whatever your flesh craves
to try to flatter me
to get (fed, married,) paid, healed, or saved
worship with witchcraft charming magic spells rituals from hell
religion hatched in hell ; even with the right words - it's just a magic spell
praise that pleases hell
you (say) think you know me well
Like a beautiful sunset, a beautiful girl
the endless starry night sky
the magic of the ocean,the grandeur of the land
If you could really see me, you'd love me just for who I am
some kill their animals , some take an acid trip
some even burn their children - you just give me lip
I don't need anything from you
just love me, and do right
I don't have to do anything for you
you can't make me
try to force God to do your will
such a small view of me
you name it- you claim it - that doesn't make it so true
your worship is witchcraft
for money, or power, or food, or sex
trap me in a bargain
praise him because he's praiseworthy
like a beautiful sunset, a beautiful girl
the endless starry night sky
the magic of the ocean, the power of the tide- these tokens of my greatness make you stand in awe
If you really knew me you'd love me just for who I am
if you could really see me
You say you love me - you're a liar
if you don't do what is right
I'm tired of strange fire
I want your love
you flatter me
you tell me what you think I want to hear
To get what what you want
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Hebr. 10:1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming --not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
Col. 2:23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
Ezek. 20:31 When you offer your gifts --the sacrifice of your sons in the fire --you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of me, O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will not let you inquire of me.
I got the idea for this song from this:
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 21:07:47 -0600
From: email@example.com (Sheep Trax)
Subject: Sheep Trax January 8, 1998, Why Worship?
January 8, 1998
Hi, Sheep Trax!
I recently read a book on Praise that greatly troubled me. Jesus said that
the Father was seeking those who would WORSHIP Him in Spirit and Truth.
The book I read was based on this premise: If you'll worship the Lord,
there is a wonderful benefits package waiting just for you. All you have
to do worship God to get the goodies.
There are wonderful covenant benefits to serving the Lord but NOT because
we worship Him. The benefits we derive come from His goodness.
The author, an evangelist I do respect, was making a statement that said,
in essence, the reason we praise God is to release His Presence to satisfy
our self-interest. This is really spiritual manipulation if not outright
witchcraft. We worship God because He is worthy to be praised. He is God.
If we "worship" for any other reason, we are offering strange fire before
Imagine telling your spouse, "I will love you IF you'll do x". How long do
you think such a relationship would last? Probably not long. Because God
is love, he is the most sensitive being in and outside of creation. He has
feelings. Life and death reside in the power of the tongue. With your
personal worship, what are you speaking into the Lord's heart?
God is patient and long-suffering. He also has a tender heart that can
easily be broken. Proverbs says, "A wise son brings joy to his Father's
heart." Are you a source of joy to the Lord? Or are you breaking His
If you have been "worshiping" under the premise that if you do it, it will
somehow obligate God to perform some function on your behalf, you have
completely missed it. This is a work of the flesh and not life by the
Good news! If we really do worship in Spirit and Truth, there truly ARE
residual benefits that inevitably do follow. His presence is released.
Healings do flow. Broken hearts are healed. These things are wonderful
manifestations of the life and goodness of the Lord but WE DO NOT WORSHIP
TO GET THEM. WE WORSHIP GOD BECAUSE HE IS WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE. PERIOD!
Worship Jesus to say, "Thank You, I Love You, I Am Grateful to you!" Don't
be afraid or inhibited to express the deepest longings of your heart to
Him. He longs to hear such praise.
Worship Him because He is worthy of your praise ˆ He really is!