John Piper wrote this about worship,
“This is the final end of all existence: the worship of God. God created the universe so that it would display the worth of his glory. And he created us so that we would see this glory and reflect it by knowing and loving it — with all our heart and soul and mind and strength.”
In Revelation 22.9 John receives the simple command, “Worship God!”
Elsewhere in God’s Word to us we are told we are created for His glory (Isaiah 43.7). We are made in His image (Genesis 1.27), to display His glory, for His glory, to bring Him glory. Paul writing to the Corinthians says that whatever we do, we are to do it to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10.31).
So far, then, we can say it is in our DNA to worship God, it comes naturally, it’s the natural thing to do.
But some days, in some experiences, in some seasons of life, do we really want to? It doesn’t feel like the natural thing to do, does it? This is where we need to be so careful; if we live our faith life based on feelings, when those feelings aren’t there, is our faith not there too?
Does God not still deserve the glory due Him?
Is our fundamental purpose as people not present because we don’t have a certain feeling?
Worship of God is natural to us, but it is also a choice we need to make.
We are not robots, robots made to worship, worship-bots if you will, we are made with the wonderful gift of free will.
So worship comes natural to us, worship is natural, but worship is also a choice. It’s an attitude, it’s a perspective, it’s a lifestyle, it’s a choice.
Recently I heard a song with lyrics that communicate this truth beautifully well;
Yes I will, bless Your name
Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy
All my days, oh yes I will
And I choose to praise
To glorify, glorify
The Name of all names
That nothing can stand against
Even when life is difficult, God is working it out for you.
Even when we don’t particularly feel like worshiping God, we must still choose to praise Him.
Even when we don’t think we need to, we must give Him what is rightfully His, fulfil our most fundamental purpose.
He is never late, always on time, with us all the time, good or bad. He is still there despite our perceived lack of feeling it, and for this, we can worship Him, glorify Him, trust Him.
See, worship comes naturally, but it is also a choice. When we take to heart the truth of the Word of God, when we put hope, faith, and trust in the name and work of Jesus, when we submit and commit to the Lord, worship becomes the natural choice in all situations.
Take four minutes now and listen to this, as loud as your current surroundings allow…then have a great day, choosing to praise and glorify God!