On worship

Why do we worship God, or why does He require worship? Is He insecure, requiring affirmation from His creation? Or could it be an ego trip? Or do we worship just to remain in His ‘good books’? I do not wish to be offensive, but these are questions that are out there and require an answer.

The truth is, none of those answers to the question of “why worship?” come close to the mark. What is worship, but the attribution of worth? The English word “worship” comes from two Old English words: weorth, which means “worth,” and scipe or ship, which means something like shape or “quality.”

Consider the sunrise below. Is it not beautiful and praise-worthy? How much more so then is God!

The point being, that praise is intrinsic to the object.

Sunrise 2

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3 Responses to On worship

  1. timbob says:

    Good evening Peter. This is definately something that should cause us to examine our motives. The most beautiful worship can be nothing more than lip service if we’re not understanding of who God is or why we’re praising him.

    I’ve been thinking on the past couple of days on a similar theme; that of how much we truly love the Lord. When we fall in love with someone in the natural, we think about that special someone a lot. It’s not a struggle to think on them and we look forward to being with them. How much more should we look forward to spending time with the Lord and thinking on him continuously. As we grasp who he is and consider our great salvation, heartfelt worship will just flow naturally.

    I sometimes struggle to remain focused in prayer and the mind tends to drift which indicates that I need to be closer to the Lord. So my prayer has been, and continues to be “Lord let my love for you be so deep and sincere that I’ll run to you and let go of anything that distracts.” It’s likewise my prayer for all of the saints. Because when we grasp how awesome he is, the things that seem like hurdles now will simply cease to remain so.

    Sorry if this sounds choppy; it’s on an issue that’s been on my heart for the past couple of days and has resulted in serious examining. Praise God for continuing to make us less like our old selves and moire like Jesus.

    Have a blessed evening and a blessed week in Jesus.



  2. David says:

    And God created us with the need to worship; I think the need is so great that we will be unfulfilled until we do recognise God for who he is and give our worship to him.

    Sadly, this God-given impulse is usually misdirected so that we end up worshipping that which is created rather than the Creator; the result is described in Romans 1.


  3. Peter says:

    Hi Timbob. How much do we truly love God, a very good question indeed. I think that is something that has to come from Him alone. Blessings on your week!

    Hi David. Just so, we’ll always worship something!


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