What is important as we come together to worship the Lord? Genesis 8:20 says, “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.”
Noah worshipped God in response to God’s gracious deliverance of Noah and his family. We do well today to recite God’s acts of mercy and grace when we begin our worship services.
In his worship, Noah built something enduring and public (an altar) and he sacrificed animals and birds to the Lord. What is the altar today that we build? What is left permanent for the public to see and to remind us of our encounter with God? Maybe this is behind our strong urge to have church buildings.
Noah was not reckless in his choice of sacrifices, in that he did not sacrifice any animal (unclean) that would make that kind extinct. On the other hand, the fact that the sacrifices were clean animals suggests they were more valuable.
The result of worship was that God was pleased. And since God was pleased, he blessed Noah and the earth. Isn’t that what we need and want today?