Come, everyone, clap your hands, and shout to God with Joyful praise, for the Lord Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth. Psalms 47 vs. 1-2.
Worship is giving honour, homage, reverence, respect, adoration, praise or glory to a superior being. God demands worship because He alone is worthy of it. He is the only being that truly deserves worship. He expects us to acknowledge His greatness, His power and Glory.
Revelations 4:11 tells us “You are worthy O Lord, to receive glory Honour and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created”.
God expects us to worship Him as an expression of reverence and thanksgiving to Him. He desires our worship because our eternal destiny depends on our worship of the true and living God.
Philippians 3:3 describes the true church, the body of believers in Jesus Christ whose eternal destiny is heaven.
The primary reason for our worship is centred on one simple word, “For” (the Hebrew word which is “Ki”). We worship God FOR who He is, we worship God FOR what He has done. Our worship is a response to God, to His Nature and Activity.
As Christians, the only kind of response God will accept is the kind of worship Jesus referred to as He talked with the woman at the well. He said “God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” – John 4:24. Worship is to be of a spiritual nature. To worship in spirit is to worship from the heart. It involves understanding, meaning and feeling.
To worship in truth is to worship by the teaching of the truth, the word of God the word of God must be the standard by which we worship.
We ought no to worship God in vain. Jesus accused the scribes and Pharisees, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines and commandments of men”. Matthew 15:9. The people were worshipping God, but it was to no avail. How sad it is when men go through a form of worship and it all is for nought.
Christians should not worship to please oneself. Paul referred to “Will Worship” as he wrote the Colossians (Col. 2:33). Many respond to the plea of worshipping God by doing as they please in worship. Often it is said, “We like it this way” or “it sounds good” and the list goes on. When people say things like this, it is pretty evident that they have no desire to please God in their worship. It might be well just here to remind you, “For even Christ pleased not Himself” Romans 15:3
PS: This Article was sent in by Alice Hunyinbo (Abia State)