Yesterday we had an interactive Bible study at seminary on Hosea 11. Time was short, but it had me wondering again about gratitude and worship.
In Hosea 11 God reminds Israel of how much he has done for them and is disappointed in their response. I've heard a few ideas about this.
One is that if we worship God as a sign of gratitude is that not sort of ignoble? Are we not simply showing 'cupboard love'? Shouldn't we declare that we will worship God even if he decrees that all should be destroyed (as we believe is his right)?
Second - isn't God being coercive by giving to us without our permission? We did not ask him to die for us. He has no right to then expect our gratitude. He gave and that was his risk.
There is truth in these ways of thinking. But I can't help feeling that to rebel against God because we didn't ask for his favour is pretty ignoble too. I also do think that the Bible calls for us to respond to him in gratitude.
But is our worship in response to what God has done or to who he is?
I guess the answer is both-and.