FREE TO WORSHIP
Why must we worship the Lord? Why should we worship at all?
- Human beings are incomplete in themselves. Everyone needs to be joined to someone or something greater than himself. If we do not worship God, we will worship someone or something else that is not God.
- We become like whatever we worship. When man makes gods in his own image, he worships and becomes like the thing he has created. Since he is under the dominion of darkness, he worships what is evil and becomes more and more evil himself.
God made human beings to be one with Him, joined with Him through His Spirit. When man rebelled against God, he set up his own false religion in defiance of Him, and created his own gods in his own image. The gods he created resemble the devil because he is man’s master until man returns to God and worships only Him.
This is what God said about Israel:
“When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your fathers, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree. But when they came to Baal Peor, they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol and became as vile as the thing they loved.” Hosea 9:10.
David so longed to worship God that he penned these words in Psalm 27:4
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord al the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” Psalm 27:4.
David was Israel’s greatest king and the pattern for all the kings that followed him. God called him “a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” David’s obedience bound him to the heart of God.
That’s what the heart of worship is – not just singing songs together on a Sunday, but living in obedience to God’s word.
“So whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossian 3:17.
BECAUSE OF GOD’S MERCY, we are no longer required to approach Him through priests and sacrifices. Jesus is our High Priest and our sacrifice for sin. When He died on the cross, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. God was telling us that He is no longer hidden from us by a heavy curtain and by angels who bar to way to Him.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that it, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:19-23.
Jesus opened the way for us to approach the Father through His own torn body. He permits us to approach Him freely and to live in His presence since He is not confined to a place. In fact we are His temple because His Holy Spirit dwells in our bodies and we may worship Him by giving thanks to Him in everything we say and do. The more we worship Him in our words and deeds, the more like Him we become.
“And we who, with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18.