why do we have to worship god
Pull up any major world news source and you ll quickly find that the force of fear currently assails the confidence of our heart. IÁm convinced our need to sing worship has never been greater. Psalm 57:7 says, Á
My heart is confident in You, oh God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises! Á (NLT). Our need to engage both heart and mind in passionate, faith-filled worship of Jesus is real today. Worship is about God. A mystery of worship is that it isn t about us, butá about God. But, Godá doesnÁt need our worship; we do. God isnÁt some insecure cosmic being, who waits for His worshippers to remind Him how awesome He is and how desperately they need Him before He decides to intervene. God never changes. But when we worship, we change. Worship is about attention. Our worship gatherings, beyond church services and singing, exist to capture our attention. Worship takes our eyes off the busyness of life and turns us to the person of Jesus. 2 Corinthians 3:13-18 says, Á We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the LordÁs glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. Á This passage speaks of attention. Removing the veil cripples the power of the opinions and the distraction of others. Unveiled, we stand before God face to face. In the place where we Ácontemplate the LordÁs gloryÁ with our attention fully on him, God transforms us into his image. The Greek word for ÁtransformedÁ is the same word used to describe the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17. The root word is Ámetamorphic,Á the root where we derive the English term of Ámetamorphosis. Á Metamorphosis is the process by which a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. Think about that for a moment. This picture is incredible. When we turn our unabated faces Á our attention towards Christ Á God transforms us to be like Jesus. For this reason, I am convinced we need to worship more than ever before. Do you find yourself in midst of turmoil? Worship the God of peace and youÁll find peace. Do you need wisdom? Worship the God of wisdom and youÁll find wisdom. Are you faced with the impossible task of unconditionally loving the unlovable?
Then worship the God who IS LOVE and His love will become yours. In a world that vies for our attention every moment weÁre awake, letÁs centre our attention on Christ. á As a good friend recently reminded me, ÁThe more we get on with celebrating who and what we are in Christ, the less consumed we will be by chaos and the more committed we will be to Christ-likeness in the world and for the world. Á 10 Reasons to Worship God! Weâve all had those times when itâs hard to God, or when circumstances can cause us to forget the things God has already done for us. When you canât think of reasons to worship or you just want to worship God for something you donât think of normally, let these inspire you! Worship God for Creation; not just for what we see outside, but for the stars, planets and galaxies. Worship Him for His creation of you. Pick out your favorite thing about yourself and worship God for creating you with that trait (Genesis 1-2; Psalm 139:14). Worship God because He commands it. This might sound a little strange, worshiping God for a command Heâs given to us, but think of it this way He couldâve commanded us to do much more unpleasant things! Iâd rather be commanded to worship than to jump off of a mountain, for example (Deuteronomy 6:13). Worship God because He is faithful when weâre not (Isaiah 30:18).
Worship God because He has a. It doesnât matter if you know what His plan is; worship Him anyway because there is a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11). Worship God for. How cool is it that we donât have to guess what God wants from us? We donât have to wonder if He loves us. He has given us His Word to read and study so we can know Him as well as we want (John 20:31). Worship God for His unfailing love (Psalm 13:5). Worship God because He takes us back when we stray (Joel 2:13). Worship God because He never ever leaves us (Joshua 1:5). Worship God because His character doesnât depend on how we feel. This is probably the most reassuring thing to me because Iâm very emotional. If who God is was determined by how I feel, then God would be less like God and more like a roller coaster! (Numbers 23:19) Worship God for Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:18). What are some other reasons you can think of to worship God? Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations ( Psalm 100).
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