Why do are we told to worship, anyway?
Isn't that kind of arrogant for God to say, "Hey! Worship me!"
Does He need my worship?
Not at all. Friends, the God who
created the universe out of nothing doesn't need anything. He
doesn't need our worship in even the smallest way. Instead we
are told to worship for two reasons. First of all, it's because
WE it. Worship establishes and strengthens the relationship that
He so longs to have with us. And secondly, and perhaps even more
importantly, it's because God alone DESERVES our worship! He's
the Alpha and the Omega. He is our holy, righteous, just, loving
It is Easter. Good Friday is past, and though
those in the Americas still await the celebration of Easter
Morning, Easter Sunday has already dawned on much of the world,
bringing with it the glorious proclamation that CHRIST OUR LORD
IS RISEN TODAY!
Isn't that good enough reason to worship
In this series, we have looked at what kind of
worship does NOT bring us closer to God. We saw that selfish
worship and worshiping out of fear drive us even farther from
the one thing God wanted most to accomplish on that Easter
weekend so many years ago: He wanted the personal relationship
with us to be re-established, and our fear and our selfishness
make it impossible.
So just how does God want us to
The Bible tells us to "fear God". This
definition of the word refers to a respect or awe. When the
Bible says to "fear God", it is telling us to respect Him, to
view Him with awe!
But how do we worship God in this way?
Jesus tells us exactly how to worship in respect and in awe
in his famous address to a Samaritan harlot beside Jacob's well:
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers
will worship the Father in spirit and truth." (John
Notice, it doesn't say we are to worship in fear or for our own
personal gain. It says the exact opposite: "in spirit and
But what IS worshiping in Spirit? The answer
is two-fold, friends:
1. Worshiping in Spirit is an inner
worship: "Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within
me, bless His holy name!" (Ps
2. Worshiping in Spirit is also an
attitude. It's the WAY we approach God.
And finally, worshiping God in Spirit is consuming: "And do
not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled
with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the
Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in
the fear of God." (Eph
You see, when we spend time in the
presence of God, our spirits flow over in worship. This is what
Jesus meant when He said to worship in spirit.
about worshiping in Truth?
This means we worship God
according to the Truth He has given us in His Word. Here are a
True worship is Simple: "But I fear, lest somehow, as
the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be
corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2
Cor 11:3-4 NKJV)
2. True worship is Sincere:
"Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, 'Lord, help me!'"
True worship is Worshiping the Savior: "Therefore God
also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is
above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those
under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil
True worship is Serious: "Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling." (Ps
5. True worship requires Humility:
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the
Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to
walk humbly with your God?" (Mic
True worship is Tested: "Beloved, do not believe every
spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God;
because many false prophets have gone out into the world." (1
John 4:1-2 NKJV)
7. And finally, true worship is
Thankful: "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and
bless His name." (Ps
Friends, take some time today to contemplate the enormity of the
sacrifice that Jesus gave each of us. Especially consider the
enormous sense of love that it would take to drive the Son of
God from His heavenly realm, to come to this earth and be ".
. . Despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and
acquainted with grief." (Isa
53:3 NKJV). Let the extravagance of His love wash over you,
drawing you to Him in Spirit and in Truth, that your worship may
be glorious in His sight and will serve to draw you closer to
His heart of love!
Friends, Christ our Lord is risen
today! May your worship be in Spirit and in Truth, today and for
In His love,
Chaffart, Mother of two teens, Speech-Language Pathologist,
Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to
Christian devotionals and inspirational poems,
with Answers2Prayer Ministries,
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