Why We Worship
Worship is such a beautiful and sacred part of the close relationship between God and man. When we worship, God is present. Through worship, not only are we connected to God, but also to our Christian brothers and sisters. Worship is a powerful, undefeatable weapon that we have been given to combat evil. When worship becomes our sword and shield along with God’s Holy Word, the Christ following warrior army cannot be stopped.
Worship is the act of giving praise to God because He is worthy. A common way to worship God is through music, but that is not the only means of worship. Worship can be done through dance, writing, drawing or painting, actions, words, thoughts, videography, etc. We can give praise and worship to God in any and all areas of our life.
Worship has been turned into everything that it’s not. Worship is not a feeling. Oftentimes, we leave church and we say something like, “I could feel God’s presence in the room” or “That set was so good, the songs made me cry!”. These statements are not wrong, but we have think about the why behind them. When we cannot feel God’s presence, that does not mean that He is not there. If you cry during a worship song, think about why you are crying. Is it because you are convicted, you learned something about God, or you found hope in a dark time? Feelings are not bad in and of themselves, they just cannot be followed. We have to know that feelings are true but NOT truth. When we worship, we leave our baggage behind us and choose to focus on Jesus, not ourselves.
Worship has become about preferences like what genre of music should be played, if there are strobe lights or smoke machines, or if there should be instruments used when playing a song. Worship is about none of these things. It’s not about the set list or the environment or how good the music sounds. Worship is about cultivation. It’s about the thought process.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when it comes to worship:
- 1. Am I praising God right now? Why or why not?
- 2. Is there something holding me back from focusing on God? If so, what is it and how do I put it aside for a few moments?
- 3. Is worship important to me?
- 4. Do I know what worship is?
- 5. In what other ways do I worship God besides at church through song?
We worship God because He is worthy. We worship God because that is what He designed us to do. If we don’t worship, the rocks will. We worship God because He is good regardless of our circumstances. We worship God in spite of _________ because these truths listed here are the same no matter what. We worship God because of grace and the gospel. We worship God for His generosity and faithfulness. We worship God because Jesus is our Savior. We worship God because His character and promises never fail and never change. We worship God to deepen our relationship with Him.
Today, I encourage to you to let go and worship. Take the time to invest and learn more about worship. Discover more ways to worship God. Worship God with your whole life.
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Madison Burnette is a Religion major at Carson-Newman University. She is a Nashville native and an aspiring writer. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, singing, reading, and trying local coffee shops with her friends. She has a heart for sharing the hope of Jesus with others through her platform. Her favorite Scripture is Psalm 73: 25-26.