Updated: May 25
Why do we worship? Often praise can seem like a sideshow on Sunday mornings, just something to get through or to prepare us for the message. Yet it is a clear focus in the Bible, with the longest book devoted entirely to it, as well as a command - Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” Worship takes us out of ourselves and our own situations and lets us focus on God. The truth is that we are not the center of the story, God is. In Revelation 5, John experiences a vision of Jesus in his glory and tells of the worship he will receive saying “13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!””
Jesus will one day receive all the praise and glory, but we get the opportunity to start that now, exulting him with our worship. When we do this, it fulfills us because it is what we were designed for. It also gives us perspective on who we are and who God is, and carries us through the hard times of life. So let us remember in the busyness of our lives to praise the Lord, for he is good and worthy of our praise.
On song that has been helping me worship is a song that uses the picture of Christ opening the scrolls in Revelation 5, and proclaiming his glory. It is a longer song, but if you have a few minutes to sit and worship, I encourage you to join in!
Pastor Benjamin Boyd