By: Waylon Bailey ~
Christians spend a huge amount of time obsessing over worship.
Think of the questions we ask and subjects we worry about. Do we read from the right translation of Scripture? Do we sing the right songs?
For years Christians have gone through the worship wars. I think we need to be thinking about different things.
First, if we’re going to obsess over anything it should be over who we worship.
Think with me about who we worship. We worship the creator of the universe, the one in whom there is no beginning and no and. We worship the God who is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
We worship the God who is perfect moral purity, the one in whom there is no darkness.
For this reason God deserves our complete and undying devotion. He is worthy of worship. “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12).
We would be foolish to worship a God who is imperfect and unconcerned. Why would anyone worship a God with human frailties? I can’t imagine any scenario in which an imperfect god would deserve to be worshiped.
But, the God who created the heavens and the earth is holy, just, and righteous. He does not desire to manipulate or use us. He desires the best for us.
He loved us so deeply that He gave Himself for us. Instead of asking us to sacrifice our children, He chose to give His Son for us.
He deserves to be worshiped and praised and glorified. Let us spend our time thinking about the one we worship.
Second, we need to be thinking about our own actions not the actions of others.
As Warren Wiersbe has stated, “The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.” We must look deep within to see that our worship is pleasing to God. As we worship, let us worship from a pure heart – – a heart fully devoted to God. Let us seek with all of our heart to become like the God we worship, a God who is holy, just, righteous, and loving.
Let us love as he loves. Let us be holy as he is holy.
Third, our worship should call us to think about other people who worship. How can we make God known? How can we build up the hurting and mend the broken?
When we think on God, ourselves, and others, worship takes on a wholly different meaning.
Let us worship and praise the God who is worthy.
Have a great week!