“I will thank the Lord with all my heart! I will tell about all your amazing deeds! 2 I will be happy and rejoice in you! I will sing praises to you, O sovereign One!”
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”
Thank you for stopping by on this Worshipful Wednesday! Worship is often misunderstood as a part of the church service alone, but it is a lifestyle of thanksgiving to the One Who has given us every blessing we have. As a worship leader in churches for over twenty years now, I confess that contemplating God’s Holiness, goodness and character in song is one of my favorite things to do. I say one of, because just reading and listening to His Word fills me with an inner joy that cannot be contained. But I fear our worship is lackluster in comparison to what God deserves.
Worship is cultivating gratitude from a heart that recognizes our own dependence on God. It is in the very act of worship that we draw nearer to God. Affection in marriage or in the parent/child relationship is the most essential aspect of those relationships. A child and a parent both want to know they are loved and adored. We can become hardened in this world and begin to think that receiving adoration is our highest goal, though. God knows we need affirmation and love, but our greatest joy is found in giving that highest worship to Him.
I remember as a new believer not understanding why God would require us to worship Him. It seemed a little vain to me at the time, though I did not want to even think such a thought. But if God had not commanded us to worship, we would worship far lesser things. What our hearts are set on to worship affects greatly how we live on this earth. Practically speaking, when we worship created things which cannot compare to the greatness of our God, our aspirations are lesser than what God could accomplish in us.
Until we grow deeper in our relationship with God and see that He is worthy of the highest praise and adoration, it does not make sense to us in our humanity. Certainly contemplating all that God has done makes Him praiseworthy, but in our pride we can be deceived into thinking we deserve what God has done for us.
Our flesh can be overwhelmed with worshiping God for all eternity – it seems tiring and repetitive. That is when we realize that we have not really gotten a glimpse of Who God is. We need to worship Him to know Him more. We can be fans of people on this earth, but they will ultimately all perish and their splendor will fade. But God – the great I AM, is not like us. No, He is Holy, perfect in all He does, without beginning or end.
We need to worship someone greater than we are. Worshiping the creation could never fulfill us like worshiping our Creator – the only One truly worthy of praise! We need to be transformed and that happens in His presence. Our hearts and minds easily falter and can be divided. Worshiping God aligns our will with God’s, and helps us to focus on what really matters and to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives: knowing Him.
The irony in God’s command for us to worship Him is that He does not need our worship – it is we who need to worship. It is in love, not selfishness, that He is requiring us to worship Him. We are harassed and helpless sheep who need direction. Thank God that He has shown us Himself and our need to worship Him alone. Worship Him now. Contemplate all that He has done for you. Set aside the barriers that hinder sincere worship. He is worthy.
Lord, help us to worship You in humility and truth. You are worthy of all our praise and adoration.