Real Worship Is Really Important

Today I want us to think about Real Worship. I am of the opinion that not everyone who attends worship actually recognizes what is real worship. So I begin by asking: What is Real Worship?

Well first, worship is not nothing! (Excuse the double negative). It is something! You can’t be doing just anything and call it worshipping. Worship is not dozing, or dreaming, or working, or playing, or TV watching, or salt-water fishing, or house painting, or trip taking, or novel reading, or bird watching, or star gazing, or grass cutting, or dog walking, or beach enjoying, or puzzle solving, or sitting around in your pajama's donut eating & coffee drinking… Okay, you get the point! Worship is specifically something! What is it?

Worship is our response to our awareness of God’s presence! Our English word worship comes from two Anglo-Saxon words: Worship=Weorth (worth) + Ship (state of). Worship is acknowledging God’s state of worth in our life. Why should we do this? It is because, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise” (Psalm 48:1). God has been good to us and gracious with us, so He is deserving of honor and glory from us!

Stated simply, there is nothing in your life more important than your relationship with God. Consequently, Worship deserves priority! When should we do this? In general—Always! (1Thessalonians 5:16-18). But specifically, Scripture teaches us to rise early and seek the Lord in worship and prayer (Psalm 113:3, 119:147). Also, the New Testament (and the early church’s writings) teach us the church, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and direction of the early apostles, set aside the first day of the week to gather for worship (Luke 24; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Revelation 1:10). The Lord’s Day began on Resurrection Day and has continued to this past Sunday. All of this to say: The Worship of our Lord is a Big Deal!

I would add: When we worship, God deserves Our Utmost for His Highest! (Oswald Chambers). The psalmist said, “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, praise His Holy Name!” (Psalm 103:1). Our God, who means the world to us, deserves worship with all that is within us. God deserves our best—nothing less!

One final word: this may sound a bit preachy but that’s okay—I am a preacher! I get to do that. The reason I am so passionate about this subject is this: I am jealous for the honor of God! As a servant of my Lord and Savior, I am declaring that He is deserving of Highest Honor! God is so Good! Let’s Worship Him Together! That’s all I am going to say—today. See you in church tomorrow!

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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