The Why of Worship


Kimberly Wagner offers up some biblical reasons for worshiping God.

1. God commanded it.

When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness in Matthew 4, the last temptation specifically dealt with worship. That is what the enemy craves—that our worship and devotion be directed away from God. Remember what the enemy did to Job? He thought by taking all Job had it would cause him to curse God, but Job’s response after suffering great loss was to worship.

2. God is seeking those who will worship Him.

God is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. If God is looking for individuals who will be all about worshiping Him, then I want to be one of those He’s looking for!

3. Worship allows me to give to God what He is due.

Worship is the proper response of the creature to his Creator. How can wenot worship the One who created us? How can we not worship the One who redeemed us when we were dead in our sins? Worshiping God is the least I can do. My worship of Him doesn’t require an animal sacrifice or a grain offering—but God deserves my life to be an ongoing act of worship as a living sacrifice.

4. Worship expresses God’s value to others.

I think this is the heart of why God calls us to worship Him. How will the watching world know that He alone is God if we who claim His name do not demonstrate His value as the only true God through worshiping Him? In order for the nations to know that He alone is the way of salvation, we must be showing them that He alone is God.

How are you expressing God’s value to others today?





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