WHY WE WORSHIP
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of our lips that confess his name.” Hebrews 13:15

The idea of God requiring our worship may be troubling to some people for two main reasons. To a God of love, compassion and humility, it seems egotistical and alien to His character. It also suggests there is something deficient in an all-powerful, all-sovereign God who requires our worship. But when we think this through, is it God who needs our worship or is it a requirement in us that needs to worship Him?

Worship is a response to our knowledge of God. It comes from within where something inside us resonates with a God who is loving, active and real. To worship in spirit and truth is a disposition towards God. To worship in spirit comes from the inner core of our being, directed by the Holy Spirit’s activity within us. To worship in truth is a response to a true knowledge and understanding we have of God. The Christian life is driven by an appetite for the things of God. It is through the Holy Spirit God reveals Himself, and when we see God and Christ for who they are, we are filled with such wonder, adoration and love that our hearts are emotionally and spiritually moved to worship. The delight we have in God is actually incomplete until it is expressed.

In C.S. Lewis’ book, “Reflections of the Psalms”, he writes that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise. The world rings with praise: lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game.” Lewis says, “We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment. It is its appointed consummation.”

We worship God not because He demands it, or because there is some deficiency in Him, but because it is the natural outflow of our hearts. It is to us that the value and benefit of worship is given. Love unexpressed is love unenjoyed, and our worship of God deepens and enriches our intimacy with Him. We become stronger and healthier in spirit, which is why we are called to be a worshiping people. To suppress our worship of God will not only stifle a necessary expression of our emotions and minds, but will deprive us of a vital part of our fellowship with God.

Scripture tells us our acts of worship go up to God like a sweet smelling fragrance, an offering. It comes full circle, from our hearts to God’s heart, because as 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” Worship of God can take place anytime anywhere because it does not need buildings, rituals, forms or liturgy, but only the depths of our hearts.

PRAYER: Precious Lord Jesus, with all my heart I want to worship You in spirit and in truth. You are everything to me, and I love You, Lord.


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