Why do Christians worship? Why should we sing and praise and worship God?
Matt Redman has a wonderful song entitled “10,000 Reasons” that offers many affirmations for praising God. But there are far more than just 10,000 reasons to bless and worship the Lord.
Here are what I consider to be 10 amazing reasons “why we worship”. These are at the top of my list. What would you add?
1. We worship because God is worthy.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:3
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3
The truth is, the one true God is the only being worthy of worship. Worship directed anywhere else is not only unfulfilling, it is vain idolatry. God alone is worthy of all of our praise.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.” Revelation 4:11
2. We worship because we are created for relationship with God.
Men and women are created Imago Dei, in the image of God. As His image bearers, we are designed to be in communion with Father Son and Holy Spirit. Being in that state of relationship is worship. It’s in our DNA, its built into human nature.
God created humankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them,
male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Christ made everything in the heavens and on the earth. He made everything that is seen and things that are not seen. He made all the powers of heaven. Everything was made by Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
We are created for relationship with God, and worship is His love language.
3. We worship because it’s the natural thing for people to do.
People have been worshiping throughout the history of the world.
From ancient times until even today in contemporary culture, one can observe that there been a religious impulse inherent in people to connect with the divine.
From anthropological and cultural observation, one can conclude that everybody worships, all the time.
Paul describes how the worship impulse is misdirected in Romans 1.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:25
Everybody worships, all the time. The issue is not – “will we worship or not”? People are already engaged in worshiping something.
The question is – what will be the direction of your worship? Will it be directed towards God … or not?
4. We worship because we will be changed and transformed from the inside out.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind …You’ll be changed from the inside out. Romans 12:2 (NASB, MSG)
When we chose to worship it changes our state of mind. Engaging in worship shifts our focus off self. When we meditate on the goodness of God, it changes our mentality.
… lay aside your old self which is being corrupted … be renewed in the spirit of your mind … and put on your new self that has been created in God’s image. Ephesians 4:22-23
Practically speaking, how do we do that? Try something I heard Ray Hughes allude to:
Out with the old, in with the new.
Word of God in, Word of God out.
Spirit of God in, Spirit of God out.
5. We worship because we become what we behold.
We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Worship is God’s methodology of changing us and transforming us into the likeness of His Son. Worship is part of God’s personal development plan for each of us.
6. We worship because worship is a good thing to do.
It is a good and delightful thing to praise and give thanks to the Lord, and make music to your name, O Most High. Psalm 92:1
7. We worship because worship blesses God, and ministers to Him.
Yes God enjoys it when we talk with Him, have relationship with Him, and worship Him!
The LORD delights in those who fear and worship Him, with awe-inspired reverence and obedience, who put their hope in His mercy and lovingkindness. Psalm 147:11
8. We worship because the joy of the Lord is our strength.
We are designed to receive and thrive in an atmosphere of joy. Even in pain, we can trust in the goodness of God. Joy is the worshipers secret sauce!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
Sing for joy to the LORD, you righteous ones; for the praise of the upright is beautiful. Psalm 33:1
This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
9. We worship because the Lord inhabits the praises of His people.
Yet You are holy,
Enthroned on the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3
Sing for joy and rejoice, O Daughter of Zion; for behold, I am coming, and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord. Zechariah 2:10
10. We worship because the Bible says so! 🙂
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty and majesty of His holiness. Psalm 29:2
Worship, and how to relate to God, is the subject of the first four of the Ten Commandments.
You are not to serve any other gods before Me. Exodus 20:2
You are not to make any idol or image of other gods. In fact, you are not to make an image of anything in the heavens above, on the earth below, or in the waters beneath. Exodus 20:4
You are not to bow down and serve any image … Exodus 20:5
There is a promise of blessing for those who chose to follow His commands and worship God His way.
But for those who love Me and keep My directives, their children will experience My loyal love for a thousand generations. Exodus 20:6
Now, because of Jesus and the new covenant He established, we can worship God through His atoning life, death and resurrection.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name. Hebrews 13:15
We could spend a lifetime exploring the many reasons why we could and should worship God. And we will!
Over to you.
So, what did I miss? What would you add to this list? What is significant to you?
Do this little exercise on your own. Search out the scriptures and your own life experiences to come up with a few more reasons. Leave a comment, I’d love to see your responses!