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The expectation of Scripture is that we will worship God. Hundreds of verses in the Bible contain exhortations to praise and worship the Lord. BUT… Have you ever wondered WHY we should worship God?

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Obviously, first and foremost, He is worthy of our adoration. He holds our very breath in His hand. But there’s more. (Not that more is needed). I found it in Psalm 106:16-19. Referring to the time when Moses went up the mountain for 40 days and received the 10 Commandments, it reads, “They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped the molded image. Thus they changed their glory into the image of an ox that eats grass.” (Seems that calf has grown into a raging bull!)

This is huge!

The word used for “worship” here is “shachah” which means to “bow down, prostrate oneself before a superior in homage, and do reverence”. The word used for glory is “kabowd” which means, “glory, honor, splendor, abundance, riches”. So here’s what happens when you worship anything or anyone…

First of all, your act of worship is an acknowledgment that you believe that person or object is superior to you. When that happens, you exchange the glory and honor God crowned you with to have dominion in the earth, (Psalm 8:4-8) for the glory of something that we are to have dominion over.

The glory you carry cannot exceed the glory of what you worship.

The children of Israel worshiped the golden calf and so their glory was reduced to that of an ox that eats grass. But glory is an expression of worth and value, so by worshiping an ox, they exchanged their worth and value to that of an ox.

You see, in worship, we tend over time, to become like what we worship. I believe God wants us to worship Him, not because He is insecure, but because He wants us to realize we are sons and daughters of the King of kings. He wants us to find and step into our rightful place on earth and to “reign in life, through the One, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17)

The more we worship God, the more we come to know who He is and who and what He made us to be. It is through worship that we find our worth, value and identity. If folks worship Elvis (as many do), they eventually end up singing his songs, dressing like him and combing their hair funny.

Pillow fight

The more you worship someone or something, the more you grow in your love for them. Let me be bluntly honest on something… I simply and truly, adore my wife Judy. I have since the day we met and got engaged. (Same day). There are a number of traits or preferences Judy has that were not similar to mine.

She for example, has to have the perfect pillow to sleep on. (We are still trying to find that one). I on the other hand, didn’t care what pillow I used. But now, five years later, I wrestle each night with about 4 different pillows trying to get comfortable with one of them and, like Judy, am never completely happy with my pillow! Go figure. There are other examples, but over the years, we have grown more like each other and frankly, I find it both funny and heart warming.

Our preferences will change

The more we spend time loving, adoring and worshiping God, the more His preferences will become ours, our desires will line up with His and the more we will love what He loves and hate what He hates. Yes, God has a list of things He hates, even abhors. (Read Proverbs 6:16-19 for a partial list.) The more we worship Him, the more we will find ourselves detesting the same things He does. Similarly, the more we worship Him, the more we will discover His heart and we will love who and what He loves.

When we learn to love what God loves and hate what God hates, we become much more like Him. That’s more than an intellectual understanding. It’s more than just avoiding sin. When we worship God over time, we will hate the thought of sin. We will avoid it, not just because it is destructive, but also because we find it abhorrent.

You will no longer have to fight the battle against temptation and sin out of sheer will power. You will find that you are repulsed by it and will avoid it by preference and out of love for God. But as that change happens in you, you will simultaneously find yourself loving who and what God loves. You will WANT to be in His presence. You will WANT to worship Him. You will CRAVE His Word. You will LONG for the flush of His Spirit cascading through yours.

This, my friend, is the beauty of worship.

We become more and more like one of God’s kids and less and less like some dumb ox on Wall Street pursuing only his interests. That’s worth doing!

So here is what I am doing… I call it my 30/30 challenge. I purposefully set aside 30 minutes a day, to do nothing but worship God. It can be broken up throughout the day or all at once. I bow down or lay prostrate before Him. This is not a prayer walk. This is not Bible reading. This is worship. I’ll share more about what that looks like in subsequent blogs.

A good number of folks have written, commented or called to say they are joining me on this. Will you be one? I want to see what will happen in our lives if we follow through on this for just one month. I think it will be life changing. Care to join me? Let me know if you do and let’s stay in touch through the process.

Until next time, be fruitful and multiply!

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Thanks for this article Michael! I always wondered if there was another reason for us to worship God beyond the obvious one that He is worthy. Because all that God says and does is perfect and His blessings are manifold, I can now see God’s magnificent wisdom in commanding us to worship Him so that we can be more like Him. It’s so true: we do become that which we worship!

Hi Michael, I commit to the 30/30 challenge. However, I’m interested in your future blogs on “worship.”
I spend the 30 min in reading “Daily Bread” ,Scripture reading, and prayer, but as I’m reading you this is really not worship. Looking forward to learning more about worship of our Almighty God.

Hi Bob… Thanks for sharing. I believe you reading the Scripture is an act of devotion, but it is different from worship. For example, whenever someone in the Bible began to worship God in the Bible, do we really think they pulled out their Bible and started reading? Or did they pull out their guitar and start singing a slow song to the Lord? I think not. However, those acts are genuine acts of devotion and I believe, prized by the Lord.

I am on a learning curve here as well and hope my wife who is a worshiper will contribute to this as well.

Blessings,

Michael

Hello Mike,
Splendid words you have written concerning worshipping the Lord. I take the challenge too, commencing from today. Thank you so much for this exhortation.

Okwudili

Hi Michael,
I’ve never heard the explanation of why we should worship God put so well as you have today. Thank for that and today when I laid prostrate before the Lord to worship, immediately I felt His presence, I didn’t have to wait, He was there instantly and it was a beautiful time with Him. I believe worship is what allows us to become “one” with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The more we worship and become more like Him, receive the mind of Christ, begin to emulate His nature and character, the more we become one with Him as Jesus prayed in John 17. As that happens, we receive a greater measure of His glory to allow us to rule and reign here on earth. Looking forward to your blogs on this subject.

Thanks for sharing Lili. You are so right. Appreciate you weighing in on this important subject. Many have said they are joining the challenge. Let’s see how God moves in all of our lives.

Blessings,

Michael

Thank you Mr. Pink! I, too, am looking forward to hearing more of what you are learning over these net 30 days. I have a lot to think about tonight!

May the Lord lead and bless all that He puts on you and Judy Ann’s hearts.

-RaShell

Thanks a lot, el jefe…That song’s been going thru my head for days. Now the Baron will have to hear me singing it for the next week.In another lifetime I saw them perform this in New Orleans at Loyola. The crowd sang along.Now one of the original members lives not far from us in an astr.m.a.Whah’s so weird is the damn thing is still from the front pages, even the mushroom cloud, which had gone out of fashion for a few years…at least as an immediate threat.

I don’t know that I’ve really thought through before what it means to worship God – this is certainly challenging me to think about it and to do it as best I can. What you said about worship changing us to be like what we worship makes so much sense. I’m not sure how much I will get in this month with our moving and all, but as of today it goes in my daily planner and I’ll do what I can. Thanks for sharing this!

Hi Evelyn;

Thanks for commenting. I’m sure it is a challenge with everything else going on in your life. Don’t take it on as a legalistic thing, but rather as an opportunity to drink in some much needed life. Having said that, it may not feel like that at the moment, but worshiping God changes us, not God. The more we do that, the more our life changes as well. Let us know how it goes for you!

Blessings,

Michael

Thank you for this article on worship. I immediately realized that it is the most important part of our daily living. 1st commandment = love the Lord your God with ALL of your heart…
I will definitely work this in somehow.
I came upon your article because I have your booklet “The Bible Incorporated”. and was trying to purchase a few to give out. I ‘ve been reading mine a lot for about 1 month! Then came to read this article and am very happy God led me to your website. God bless you and your family and may He continue to use you mightily, in Jesus’ name amen.

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