Why is worship important?
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
Worship is an integral part of the church service, in all ministries, and in the life of the Christian community. It is the reason we go to church, attend Bible studies, or flock to revival meetings. It is the heart of the minister’s sermon, the theme of Psalms and contemporary songs of praise, and one’s calling to serve others with their unique talents.
We are called to worship God with all our breath and strength. We are called to worship God with people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. Perhaps we now know the reason why God gave us a body: to worship in complete surrender and obedience and complete unity as one body before God.
It says in Scripture that God wants His people to worship in spirit and truth. What does that mean, and why is worship important?
First, we need to understand the meaning of the word “worship.” According to the BibleStudyTools.com Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon, the word “worship” in Hebrew is “abad” which means “to serve (God).”
As far as Scripture is concerned, worship is the act of offering as a means of adoring the one whom we praise: God. This is explicitly defined when God prohibits man from worshipping other gods as this goes against His commandment. “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:5).
And because there is only one God, whom we should worship alone, there is only one type of worship: the act of worship due only to God as our creator and from whom everything emanates. This type of worship should never be accorded to any other being except God. “… Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only” (Matthew 4:10, Deuteronomy 6:13).
God calls us to worship Him. He commands it. He pursues it. He deserves it. “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3). He alone is the Lord who made the heavens and the earth, the seas and all that is in them (Nehemiah 9:6).
God will bless us for worshipping Him as the true God. He will bestow His guidance, provision, grace, and power on those who worship Him in spirit and truth (1 Samuel 26:23, Isaiah 41:10, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Philippians 4:19).
By His very nature, God alone is worthy of our worship. It is a great pleasure to worship Him because of what He has done since Israel’s wanderings in the wilderness up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. We worship Him not because of who He is but also because of what He has done in our lives today. We thank and praise Him for what He has done and continues to do.
Our worship of God should remind us He is not a far God and that we are His children. We belong to Him and He loves us. God continually seeks us more than we seek Him.