Why do we worship? Simply put, we have been created to worship. It is the very essence of who we are. Our true nature is to worship. We can’t help but worship. This is why we look so highly to movie stars, musicians, sports athletes, etc. We say things like, “Did you see that movie, it was awesome.” Worship is engrained in the very nature of who we are. We bring glory and praise to what we are most focused on. Not to say that enjoying a good movie is bad, but it is interesting that even simple things like movies can grasp our praise. Look at how the world puts movie stars, musicians, athletes, and so forth on pedestals. This brings us back to the fact that we have been created to worship. If we don’t worship God we will worship something. But, why do we worship? What is it that propels our worship?
For one, we worship God for His mercy and grace. The love that He has shown is so astronomical that they only true response is to offer our entire lives up into worship to Him. Look at what Psalms 36 has to say about our Great God – (The Message Translation) “God’s love is meteoric, His loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness nothing gets lost; not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.” I love that. This verse shows how big our God is while at the same time showing how he cares for even the tiniest of His creation – and how more to Him are we, having been created in His image. Romans 3:5-11 (The Message Translation) talks about how when we were at odds with God, Christ died for us. When we were at our worst, Christ took every sin, every sickness and put it upon Himself. He came and saved us when we were far too weak to save ourselves. I don’t know about you, but every time I read this passage it makes my heart want to praise and worship our Glorious God of all creation with all that is within me. His love alone should instill in us such a desire to worship Him that we cannot contain it and must let it out at the top of our lungs. Look here at John 3:16,17 in the Message Translation, “This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die for our sins. Jesus died for all mankind so that we wouldn’t have to pay the price for sin and could have a way to God the Father. The greatest gift that anyone could ever receive was freely given to us. The most appropriate response is to return that great love back to Him in a response of praise and worship to Him. The angels that fly around the throne of God declare, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord…”
The fact is, we worship God for everything He has done and continues to do in our lives and hearts. For He truly is Holy. He is our Glorious God, our Beautiful King of all heaven and earth. For it is He alone that is truly worthy of our praise. God is the source of our life, and therefore our lives will only feel complete when we remain in Him, giving Him our worship with everything within us, our hearts, our minds, our strength, our whole selves, We’re talking about total unreserved, no-holding-back worship to our God. Oh that we would become, in our worship to our God, like David did before the ark of the Covenant.