Throughout centuries, men and women of faith have offered worship to the Lord. While some of the methods have changed through the years, the principles at the heart of worship remain timeless. Therefore, we can learn from one of the first demonstrations of worship recorded in the Bible, an account in Genesis 12:7 in which Abram built an altar to the Lord.

It is significant to note what occurred just before he built the altar. Verse seven states, “Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.” Abram built his altar of worship in response to God’s word of promise to him! He could have waited to worship the Lord until that promise was fulfilled, but he didn’t wait. The Bible declares that Abram was a man who “believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). As far as Abram was concerned, when God delivered the promise, the matter was a done deal! He didn’t have to wait to see its fulfillment; Abram worshiped God when he received the promise.

We should be the same way today. God has made so many promises to us through His Word. Why should we wait to see them fulfilled before we worship Him? After all, Titus 1:2 declares that God “cannot lie.” So, what has the Lord promised you? Be like Abram who was “fully convinced that what [God] had promised He was also able to perform” (Rom. 4:21). Consider it a done deal; go ahead and worship God now as if the promise has already been fulfilled. Then, rejoice when the manifestation comes, because it will!