“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).
He who created the universe-including us-has a right to expect worship from us.
- Worship is the proper response of the created to the Creator.
- Worship is the right response of the dependent to the Sovereign.
- Worship is the necessary response from the redeemed to the Redeemer.
Christians badly miss the point if they understand “worship” as only a Sunday morning gathering designed to make us feel good about ourselves and about our religion. So do those who assume that worship is an evangelistic event directed toward exposing non believers to the gospel. Worship, it seems, has become more about human beings than about God.
How did the concept of worship become so distorted?
“I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God… I will make myself like the Most High” (Isa. 14:13-14).
The created one sought to be worshiped over the Creator.
Ron Owens, musician and associate for Experiencing God author Henry Blackaby, believes that behind these misunderstandings is an Enemy who seeks to confuse God’s people. In fact, that enemy has himself a distorted sense of worship.
Strategies of the Enemy
- The Enemy invites us to focus on ourselves, while genuine worship requires us to focus on God.
- The Enemy offers the temporal, while genuine worship demands a focus on the eternal.
- The Enemy offers power, while genuine worship results in brokeness.
- The Enemy encourages careless worship, while genuine worship requires that we worship God’s way.
- The Enemy encourages division over worship, but genuine worship unites believers.
The above consists of direct blips, excerpts, quotes and headings from Chapter 3 of Chuck Lawless’ Discipled Warriors.
I would add… Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever (Q. 1 of the Shorter Catechism).
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