Truth for the Times
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11
What a beautiful picture of all of heaven worshipping around the throne of God. Have you asked yourself the question, “Why worship?” I have found many good answers. Worship prepares our hearts; it helps us focus on things of the Spirit so we can receive instruction from the Word. Worship witnesses to the world; it is evangelistic! Worship changes our perspective, reminding us of God’s greatness, that nothing is impossible with Him. Worship changes who we are because what we worship determines what we become. Psalm 115 says, “Their idols are silver and gold… and those who make them become like them.”
But are these things really the whys of worship? These are actually the fruit OF worship and not the reason TO worship. Worship is NOT a means to an end! It is our own twisted and perverse thinking that leads to worshipping God for the things that we can get out of it.
The ONLY goal and purpose of why we are to worship is this: to just be with Him! Worship is a matter of intimacy. It does NOT matter WHAT He does for me. What matters is WHO He is.
Psalm 42:1-2 says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
If you spend some time in the Psalms, you’ll see that David is always reminding himself of who God is and that He is worthy of our praise. In Psalm 42, David actually questions himself, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you so disquieted within me?”
Maybe you even feel that way this morning. You need to do what David does. I picture David standing in front of his mirror, speaking to his own soul:
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” Psalm 103:1-2
At times when we don’t feel like worshipping, we are to remind ourselves of who God is. We are to “Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name, and Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 29:2
I pray that as you seek to worship Him today, you will find the closeness, intimacy, and fellowship that God is seeking with you.