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(Excerpts taken from the book: MORE THAN A SONG BY HELEN YAWSON)*
“But the king replied to Araunah, No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing” 2 Samuel 24:24 (NIV)
“And behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner…….began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment” Luke 7:37a, 38 (KJV)
The word ‘EXTRAVAGANT’ is defined as ……lacking in moderation, balance and restraint, spending much more than necessary….. (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
Extravagant worship can therefore be defined as: worship that is unrestrained and pays the price whatever the cost may be. It is worship that others may even find embarrassing.
The Bible is full of examples of worship that went beyond the norm and raised a few eyebrows. We see the examples of the woman with the Alabaster Box, King David purchasing the Threshing floor instead of accepting the free offer he was given, King David dancing till literally all his clothes fell off in public and King Solomon offering thousands of burnt offering in worship to the Lord. WHAT A DISPLAY!
Lastly, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was indescribably extravagant. He held nothing back, He gave everything. It was more than we deserved. It was over the top, it was true worship: submission, obedience and abandonment to the Father. It was an extravagant display of worship to the heavens above and an unforgettable moment of anguish for the cohorts of hell, who thought they had managed to steal the show by crucifying Jesus.
All of these examples tell us that worship is more than a song; it is who we are and it is what we do. It is and should be an integral part of our personality.
What are you willing to give? How much will you give? It is about not counting the cost but knowing that God deserves the best of our time, our service and our substance, He deserves everything.
The Alabaster box…….Now let’s look at this woman in Luke 7 and see how we can apply it to our lives.
The first thing she did was to wet His feet with her tears and dry them with her hair.
She wiped His feet with her hair. Some of us ladies, even when it is raining you are busy covering your hair, because you want to maintain its style or its condition. We would never think of using our hair to wipe anybody dirty feet. It’s part of our body. We will get a cloth, some of us might not even mind using part of our dress or skirt to wipe off dirt, but our hair? NO WAY! That’s another level altogether. And remember if you are going to use your hair to wipe someone’s feet, you literally have to be on the floor to do it. It can’t be done secretly, it’s an act that cannot be hidden and it is embarrassing. Your head has to be bowed down. This is total submission.
This woman decided that the very thing which represented her glory as a woman she would use it to wipe Jesus’ dusty feet. She gave what was valuable to her as a woman; she gave her glory, her hair.
Are we ready to lay our glory at the feet of the Saviour? Are we ready to bow down just to worship the KING? Are you still looking around to see if anybody is watching, before you give God your all?
She not only wiped His feet with her hair, but she kissed His feet. For a lot of us, the only feet we might be thinking of kissing, are the feet of that cute new-born baby in the family and only when they have had a bath and are exuding a fresh fragrance.
But this woman was demonstrating (proskuneo) ADORATION. We mentioned this Greek word right at the beginning of the book as we defined worship. She wasn’t bothered; her aim was to give her all at the feet of Jesus.
Lastly, she pours the perfume on his feet.
Historically, this perfume was given by Jewish parents to their daughter as her dowry and was to be poured on the feet of her husband at the time of consummation. It was similar to the act of submission performed by Ruth at the instruction of Naomi to Boaz at the threshing floor.
Extravagant worship focuses on giving to the Lord.
It is worthy of note that as we give to the Lord, we do not leave the same; we are changed, cleansed, forgiven, mercy is released and His power is released on our path. Verses 44-50.
The woman with the alabaster box was forgiven. Whatever guilt and shame which surrounded her because of her sinful lifestyle, was taken away. Jesus declared to her, “Your faith has saved you: GO IN PEACE”.
I pray that you will encounter the true and living God like this woman did. AMEN!
(Get the Full book on Amazon.com): More Than A Song by Helen Yawson