Friday, September 14, 2012
The OBJECT of Worship
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
his is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. “In the beginning God created…” The Bible tells an abundance of information of God, but just from this verse alone, believers can see how magnificently powerful the God of the Bible really is. When we look around at God’s beautiful creation, we can see how infinitely intelligent God is, and learning about the intricacies of different animal life or the way the brain works or perhaps the way plants reproduce and how it knows what to do, tell us how much the Lord God cares about everything he has created. Not only is this the God that created everything humans see, simply by speaking it into existence, but this is the God that holds together the tiniest particles in water that gives every human the nutrients his or her body so desperately need to survive. This is a GREAT GOD who is worthy to be praised! The very existence and longevity of our lives are in the hands of this great God. God commands worship throughout His Word and it should be considered the privilege of all his children. God is also the One who knows our every thought before we speak it, the number of hairs on our heads, the supplier of the infinite depth of mercy that is needed for each of his children every day. There is no wonder why God commands to be worshipped and yet worship to the all mighty and infinitely gracious and holy God needs to be done in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Oh! What a humbling thought, to think that fallen humans can even come close to pleasing the Lord with our measly and selfish ways. In Ephesians, believers are told that we were created to be the glory, yes, the glory of God’s grace! This in no way means that the believer can go on with his life and do whatever he pleases, but that this earthly life needs to be yielded in such a way that others might see the glory of God and that God would be honored. God is a great God and worthy of our praise and worship, and not only worthy, but commands our worship and wants us to worship him in the best way we know how. We’ll see later how detailed the Lord was in the Old Testament and the attributes of who God is, is infinitely greater than any human can think or understand. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:8 that God’s ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts. Earlier in Isaiah 9:6, we are told that one of the names of God is Wonderful. There are numerous video clips around the internet that show the vastness of the universe. There are still things in life that the greatest of scientists do not comprehend, God created everything humans can see and the vastness of the universe and the planets and stars should be enough to humble God’s children to realize that there is nothing they can do to please God. The first sentence of the Bible is just a glimpse into who God is and for all eternity, God’s children will be learning more of who God is. What a blessed thought! The Lord God wants his children to be humbled to the place where everything we do points to who God is. This is the God that we are commanded to fear and offer sacrifice, submissiveness, and humility......to worship. The object of our worship needs to be the God that created us. God wants our worship and our lives to be holy and acceptable (Romans 12:1) to him. Worship needs to be biblical and directed towards the One who enables us to worship. The next post will address our source of worship, the Holy Spirit.