The Purpose of Worshiping God
Mention worship and most Christians think about the music and singing that occurs during church services. Praise and worship should be a large part of every Christian’s life, but there are also clear Biblical reasons for us to worship God.
Purposes for Praise and Worship
- Worship is an expression of God’s worth. People who worship God regularly have a high estimation of Him. How much do we love the Lord? How highly do we esteem Him? If we love Him, we will show it through our praise, worship and obedience (John 14:21-24, Romans 12:1).
- Worship is the reason we were created. In Revelation 4:11, twenty-four elders were praising God saying, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power, for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Our purpose is to bring pleasure to God. One of the best ways to do that is through praise and worship. Worship will be one of the primary activities in heaven. If we feel out of place worshiping here, imagine how awkward we will feel in eternity (Revelation 4:8-11, Revelation 5:9-11, Revelation 7:9-12, Revelation 19:1-8).
- Worship allows us to enter into God’s presence. Psalm 100:1-4 says, “Make a joyful noise, shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness, come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God. It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.” Jesus promised He would be with us when we gather in His name (Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 18:20). He also promised that we will enter into His presence when we worship and praise Him. Psalm 16:11 says being in His presence brings “fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.” When Moses left God’s presence in Exodus 34 his face was glowing. As Solomon worshiped the Lord the glory of God filled the temple so much that the priests could not stand to minister (1 Kings 8:11, 2 Chronicles 5:6, 2 Chronicles 7:1-4).
- We minister to God through worship. In Acts 13:2, the church at Antioch was “ministering to the Lord.” We talk about ministering to others, and God ministering to us, but God needs us to minister to Him also. John 4:23 says, “For the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
We normally don’t think about God having needs, but He wants and needs our worship. The only way His need will ever be met is through praise and worship.