One of the words used to define worship is "devotion." What are you devoted to? What in your life gets your attention - your devotion, first? Is it the one, true, triune, God? Because what you are devoted to first... your first priority... is what you worship.
So in light of this, is your worship going to false gods, or the one, true, God? What ... who... do you worship? Wasn't this the sin of God's people in the 3rd chapter of Malachi when He accused the nation of Israel of robbery? He said they were "...cursed with a curse..."(verse 9) for robbing Him in the tithes and offerings.
"But what does this have to do with worship, you ask? Wasn't their sin not paying their tithes and offerings?" Yes, that's true, but this is the sin of disobedience, or turning aside from His statutes (verse 7). I submit to you that this was but the manifestation of another sin - the sin of worshiping false gods. Yes, they were valuing their treasure, their valuables, first and above the worship of their God - and what they put first in their lives is what they were worshiping.
Every Seed Produces A Harvest
And what did this seed of false worship bring forth as a harvest? God said they were "...cursed with a curse..." And what was this curse? It was the curse of abandonment. In verse (7) of this same third chapter of Malachi God states "...Return to Me, and I will return to you..." Then in verse (10) God says:
(10) Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now on this," says the Lord of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows."
So again, the core sin was not the failure to worship God with the tithe and offering, but the placing of value on their riches above God, and therefore worshiping the wealth instead... and that brought on the condition of lack of blessing!
Who Do You Worship?
Conversely, we see that the return of reverential worship to God brought on a condition of blessing (...Return to Me, and I will return to you... [verse7]). And make no mistake about it, every man worships. He can't help it. Man was designed by God to worship. Even the atheist worships. He worships the theology of no God!
Yes, every man worships. The question you need to ask yourself is who do you worship? Have you been worshiping, unknowingly, a false god? God doesn't change. Look at the above paragraphs and Scripture - false worship brings the fruit of lack.
Return To Him
Return to Him, yes, in your tithes and offerings, but moreover in everything you think and do. Place God first and His will for your life and He will return to you. He will return to you and open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing until it overflows. (verse 10)
Isn't it interesting that in verse (6) of this same 3rd chapter of Malachi, in the middle of this discussion about obedience and worship, He reminds us, "For I, the Lord, do not change." Yes, He is the same Rewarder, the same Blessor, of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). So "...seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things (that you need) shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)
So once again, who do you worship? Answer the question of what you put first in your life, and you'll find the answer of who you worship! Yes, return to Him in all you think, say, and do - put Him first... and He will make all your ways prosperous.
In The Mighty Name of Jesus