Your worship acknowledges that God is – and He is your God!
|“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’”
The Bible’s teaching about worship may apply differently at different points in your life. However, Jesus cuts to the heart of the matter in the above Bible verse. Simply put, we want to worship God—and He commands it (Ps. 96:9“Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!”, Hebrews 10:25“not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”). Worship is the first and most essential habit of a Christian. Our worship acknowledges that He is – and He is our God!
While we are encouraged to worship God all day, every day, our gathering together is uniquely required in the Third Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy” -Exodus 20:8-11, and other places in the Bible,“Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together . . .” (Hebrews 10:23-25)“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”, (Ps. 29:2“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.”, Acts 2:42” And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”, Col. 3:16“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”).
Remember that, while our worship gives our praise to God and demonstrates our loyalty to Him, in worship God is giving us gifts of grace beyond description. His Word, which is read and preached, applies His forgiveness to us. The Lord’s Supper, poetically called “the bread of immortality,” is shared at the altar only. God commands us to worship, not because He needs our worship, but because He knows that we need what He has to give us—His forgiveness leading to eternal life!
We see this when Jesus said, “The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath” -Mark 2:27. The Sabbath is a gift for us to stop the usual activities of our work-a-day lives to focus on the eternal. It is to be a day of rest for our physical bodies and nourishment for our souls.