As Christians living in the 21st century, why do we worship? As people of faith, we believe in a God who has freed us from the bondage of sin and restored us to a right relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ. We worship because we seek to exalt, honor, glorify, and praise our Lord. When we worship God, we please Him.
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:24 (ESV)
We worship to show love and respect to the very God who created us. We do so in reverence and awe, with a humble spirit and contrite heart. God and God alone is the object of our worship.
Through worship, God enlightens and strengthens us through the Holy Spirit. Worship is a time where we enter the presence of the Lord and hear from Him as He heals our hurts and bears our sorrows. In our worship of Him, we find rest.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
Our songs and prayers magnify His majesty and grace. We worship Him through studying His word, giving to others, and participating in sacraments like communion. Through worship, we learn more about who the Lord is and gain the ability to grow to be more like Him. We worship God to draw closer to Him and in the end, like a sweet fragrance, our worship of Him is pleasing to our God.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8a (ESV)
These are some of the reasons why we worship. Ultimately, we worship God to express our love and gratitude to Him for creating us, saving us, and abiding with us.
Peace be with you.
The Devotional Guy