13th March 2016
Why do we worship God?
In the last blog (blog part one) we looked at the fact that God is greatly to be praised. In part two I want to ask the question 'why do we worship God?' Why does an all-powerful, all-knowing and ever-present God, need created beings to worship Him? Is He an attention seeker? Is He egotistical?
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am easily distracted...(ooooh look, a bird)...I can easily be overwhelmed and let the busyness of life overtake me and then let other things, people or situations take the priority.
Is this just me? Or are you the same? Do you start the day wanting to focus on Jesus and pray as you work, only to stumble across 5pm and realise that you've not had any time to even think about God?
Let me tell you straight - it is absolutely worth your while to let Jesus be the priority of your life! Psalm 63:3-5 says:
"Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live,cand in Your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You."
There is a need, a craving if you like, for our lives to be satisfied. I want to tell you that satisfaction in all of life can be found. Read that last sentence again - satisfaction in all of life can be found! In praise, in worship, in the best meal, in the richest of foods, you can be fully satisfied!
It’s no secret that I love both preparing and eating food...lots of food...and I've learned that finding satisfaction when eating is an active process! We have to engage our hands in order to use our cutlery, we have to feed our mouth, smell the food, mentally we must like the look of what we see and we have to enjoy the taste and the warm glow of culinary satisfaction.
The same is true with God - to find satisfaction you need to actively engage your body, lift your hands, feed your mouth with worship and truth, allow your senses to become enlightened, be amazed at the picture you see of God, and know the after effects of worship are for your good, and that you will be sustained. It requires engagement and my first encouragement is to approach times of corporate and individual worship fully engaged!
Setting our attention and focus on Him, allowing our lives to be built on His greatness, His character is good for us. Jesus modelled this for us by spending much time alone with the Father as an anchor for his life, but yet found refreshing, satisfaction, and strength for his own life. If Jesus found it necessary to rely on the Father, the same is true for me, you and every other Christian in the world today.
Where else is there to turn to? What else in life offers the kind of satisfation that worship to our God does?
Three years ago my wife Katherine carried our first son, Finley James, to full term. Finley was born stillborn. In the midst of what must be one of lifes most devastating moments, the only place that Katherine and I could go to for solace, for peace, for any satisfaction in life was in worship. For many months the only way we could sleep was to have worship music filling our house, our mouths and our ears.
In the midst of confusion and pain, we need to worship. And the same is true when we're in the midst of joy and excitement. Its good for us. Its sets our hearts right. It brings satisfaction to our souls.
When time is spent in the presence of God, who is the better for it? Is it for my benefit or for God's benefit? Every-time I have sung, worshipped, praised, served, prayed and sought after God throughout my entire life, I am the one who leaves feeling more loved, honnoured and supported. Even though I am the one giving of myself to and for Him, by the great grace and kindness of God I am the one who is blessed.
So why do we worship? Firstly, because He is greatly to be praised, but secondly because it is the only way we can taste true satisfaction.
Hillsong wrote the song ‘Christ is enough for me, Christ is enough for me, Everything I need is in You, Everything I need.
Let this be the call of our mouths, our hearts and very lives; You, Jesus are enough!