Over quite a number of weeks now we have been looking at how we can have an intimate relationship with God. We have looked at prayer and bible reading and this week I am going to continue with the whole subject of worship. I could talk for a long time on this topic, however I am going to simply highlight a few points to help us as we draw near to God.
Worship is a direct expression of our ultimate purpose for living. The Westminster shorter catechism says that ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.’
Because God is perfect, it is the most loving thing for Him to do to allow us to worship Him. The more we worship the more we are blessed. We become more complete as we worship and become to an ever increasing degree more like the one we are worshipping. We can’t of course ever reach His heights but we can take on more and more of His character as we spend more time with Him.
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Worship has two key components, as we see in John 4:
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24 NIV)
Worship is not just a good idea or a nice thing to do, it is actually commanded in scripture. When Satan was tempting Jesus in the wilderness to worship him, Jesus replied swiftly:
“Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Matthew 4:10)
Not only does He command us to worship Him but He forbids us from worshipping anything or anyone else. Not obeying God’s command to worship Him is idolatry because the rejection of God as ruler stands at the base of every sin: we are by default rejecting God and lifting up something lesser in His place.
There are a great many worship CD’s that you can listen to and sing along to. You can download songs onto an MP3 player and worship in your lunch break, or play in the car when travelling to and from work.
(If you are not sure what music is good to help you worship, please contact me in the box below and I will send you some suggestions.)
You don’t have to be able to play an instrument or even to sing particularly well to be a worshipper; simply sing out to God what is in your heart. You will connect with Him like never before because that is what you were created for.
“There is more healing joy in five minutes of worship than there is in five nights of revelry” (AW Tozer)
“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of the mind with His truth, the purifying of the imagination of His beauty, the opening of the heart to His love, the surrender of the will to His purpose” (William Temple)