20 Then Noah built an altar to honor the Lord. He took some of the “clean” animals and birds. He sacrificed them on the altar as burnt offerings. 21 The smell of the offerings pleased the Lord. He said to himself, “I will never put a curse on the ground again because of human beings. I will not do it even though their hearts are always directed toward evil. Their thoughts are evil from the time they are young. I will never destroy all living things again, as I have just done. 22 “As long as the earth lasts, there will always be a time to plant and a time to gather the crops. As long as the earth lasts, there will always be cold and heat. There will always be summer and winter, day and night.”
Finally the ark is on dry ground, the ground is beginning to be fruitful again and so it is time for Noah, his family and the animals to reinhabit the earth. Noah’s first action is one of worship, a fitting and proper response to all God has done and His deliverance for Noah and his family. God had been gracious to Noah and his family. He had protected them, provided for them and now we see the measure of the man. He turns in worship, he turns in honour of God.
It is fitting and proper. What is the nature of my response to God when He has been at work in my life? When I see the Lord at work, is my first response worship? In the little things and the large? Is my heart truly inclined to the Lord or am I so distracted, so hurried, so self focussed that I move on quickly not stopping to worship the Lord? It is proper to worship the Lord – He has made all things, He provides, protects, enables and empowers. My response to Him needs to be from a full heart of love and honour to Him in each and every situation of life.
Father help me to have an altar of worship where I come frequently, regularly, daily, momentarily in worship and prose of You!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta