We are created for a purpose. I’m going to paraphrase from the movie “Chariots of Fire” when Eric Liddel was explaining to his distraught sister why he must also be a runner, not only a missionary. “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure”. Blew me away when I first heard that. We’re all created to feel His pleasure. There are things at which we excel. The Westminster Shorter Catechism (question 1)declares that the chief end of all people is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. And, Matt Redman said it so well in “Mission’s Flame”
“Let worship be the fuel for mission’s flame
We’re going with a passion for Your name
We’re going for we care about Your praise
Send us out
Let worship be the heart of mission’s aim
To see the nations recognize Your fame
‘Til every tribe and tongue voices Your praise
Send us out
You should be the praise of every tongue, Jesus
You should be the joy of every heart
But until the fullness of Your kingdom comes
Until that final revelation dawns
Send us out”
On the strength of these citations I’m going to suggest that we are all created to worship God. It’s not hard to argue that we all worship in our own way, but throughout the Bible the element of worship that is common always is with the gathering of God’s people to physically express this adoration we have.
We worship because we’re thankful, because we’re joyful, because we’re ___, because we’re ___ etc. But really, we worship because He’s worthy, and because he loves our worship. And when we declare before all creation who He is, what He’s done and is doing and will do, we too can feel His pleasure. Isn’t worship very music to His ears?
No, God is not an egotist. He is Creator God, Abba Father, El Shaddai, Jesus! God is love. There is none greater. There is no one who can claim worship but God. Indeed, this exclusivity was reiterated by Jesus when asked what is the greatest commandment.
It’s safe to say then that any object of our earthly affection should never become an object of worship.
What do they say…
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” And there were terrible consequences should this not happen. Exodus 8:1
But the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt with mighty power and outstretched arm, is the one you must worship. To him you shall bow down and to him offer sacrifices. 2 Kings 17:36 (We too have been rescued from our Egypt unto salvation through Jesus. We worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. 1 Chronicles 16:29
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:2
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matt 2:2:
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. Luke 19: 39-40
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:22-24
And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!” Revelation 7:10-12
All scripture quotations from the New International Version (NIV)
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