Why Do You Worship God?

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Why do you worship God?  For many Christians, including myself, this can be a daunting question.  Some may even fear being asked this question by non-Christians.  Is it not a simple, yet profound question?

 

Why do you worship God?  Does there have to be a reason?  Yes, there does.

Louie Giglio defines worship as “Our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what he has done; expressed through our thought, attitudes, words, and actions.”

 

If worship is a response, there must be a reason.  A response, much like and effect, must have a cause.  There is something that makes us respond in a worshipful manner.

 

In the book of Revelation, John is being shown the majestic nature of all Christians’ eternal future.  He is being guided by an angel through the throne room of God.  At the end, after he has been shown all these things, he responds this way: Revelation 22:8-9 “I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things.  And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, “You must not do that!  I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers, the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book.  Worship God.”

 

After experiencing heaven, John could do nothing except worship.  It was a response to his experience.  He lost so much control that he bowed before the angel, but was quickly corrected profoundly and simply to, Worship God.

 

Another instance where worship is shown to be a response is through the mighty warrior Gideon.  After losing the majority of his troops, thanks to God wanting all the glory, he begins to have some doubts and concerns.  Therefore God instructs him to spy on the Midianite camp.  When he does so, he hears two Midianite soldiers talking about a dream one of them had of a loaf of barley rolling down the hill and destroying the camp.  The other quickly noted that it must be the Hebrew army and their God.  Then… Judges 7:15 “As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped.  And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, ‘Arise, for the Lord has given the host of Midian into your hand.”

 

To John and Gideon and many more in the Bible the only response they could have was to worship God.  Gideon had an experience, a reason to worship God.  It was so strong that before he could make it back to their camp, he had to worship.  Right there, hiding in the bush, he worshiped.

 

Countless times in Psalms David praises the Lord, even commanding his soul to do so, but always giving reason to his praise.  Always being sure to give evidence that God truly is worthy of worship and ultimately bringing to light that God is not simply worthy of worship he is the ONLY ONE worthy of worship.

 

So what’s your reason?  Do you have one?  Do you need one?

 

If you struggle with a reason, it might be beneficial to review Job 38:4-40:5.  God makes sure that Job understands who Job is talking to.  Here is a brief section: Job 38:4-7 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements-surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

 

Find a reason to worship.  If you don’t have a reason, is it truly worship?  Or are you just playing the role?

 

What I ask of you is this: to think about an experience you’ve had where God has shown himself to be the only one worthy of worship.  It may just be the fact that he is the Creator.  It may be that he sent his Son to die on the cross so that you can be blameless and innocent before God.  Or it could be a time where you were in some kind of trouble and God saved you from the situation.

 

For me, he has proven himself faithful.  I know he can and will take care of me.  He is the only one worthy of praise.  I have seen him at work in multiple countries.  He is alive and active.

 

I asked this question to the youth that I serve and these are some of the reasons they worship God:

 

                                God showed up in my family

 

                                God healed an illness or cancer

 

                                God answered a prayer

 

                                God brought Salvation

 

Why do you worship God?  Take a few minutes to respond to this and share the reasons or experience behind your worship.

 

In Christ’s Love,
Josh

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