By Jon Moody, Worship Director
Hello, Elevate Family! Welcome to the first blog post that we will be doing over the next several months on the topic of worship, specifically the WHY’s of worship. Worship is something that I am very passionate about, and I look forward to discussing my thoughts with you. So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
Why do we worship?
There are MANY answers that can be given to this question. At some point I’m sure we have all heard the expression “The way we live our lives should be an act of worship” or some other variance of the expression. Now, I am by no means disagreeing with this statement, I believe there is truth to that, but I want to focus more on the praise aspect of worship. Psalm 92:1-4 gives a great look at how worship and praise go hand in hand with one another:
1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
And Your faithfulness by night,
3 With the ten-stringed lute and with the harp,
With resounding music upon the lyre.
4 For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.
(Psalm 92:1-4 NASB)
WE WORSHIP GOD BECAUSE IT IS GOOD TO DO SO.
In the first verse, the psalmist declares that it is “good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your Name”. There is our first reason for why we worship! His Word states that it is “good” to do so. The Hebrew word for “good” is “towb” which also translates into “beneficial” or “pleasant”. God designed praise and worship to be both pleasant and beneficial for us and Him.
WE WORSHIP GOD BECAUSE IT IS HOW WE EXPRESS OUR LOVE FOR HIM.
Worship through praise is also an incredible and powerful way that we express our love for the Father. When you worship Him, your focus is solely on Him. The distractions and stress of life can melt away and you praise God for His greatness. And He takes delight in that.
I remember one of the most incredible moments of worship I’ve ever had in my walk with Jesus. It was in my first month of Bible College right out of high school. A few of us students decided to get together one evening for a jam session, which led to an incredible time of worship. It wasn’t because I was with other people that made it an incredible moment. What made it incredible was the overflowing joy I had for who God is and what He had done so far in my life. Every time I worship Jesus in church on a Sunday morning or in my living room, it is with that joy and thankfulness for the great things He has done and who He is.
So why do we worship?
We worship because it is good to do so. We worship because it is how we express our love and affection for God. We worship because of His love and faithfulness. He delights in our praise.