What is worship and why do we worship God?
To “worship” is to express reverence and adoration towards a divine being. Worship is one way in which people can respond to God.
The bible states repeatedly that mankind was created to bring God glory. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 100
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
The Old English word for worship means “worthship,” in other words worship is based on God’s worth or value. To say that God is worthy, is to say He deserves our worship and that we want to praise Him with our whole heart.
Many times in scripture we are reminded to worship God for what He has done or for the many blessings He has provided us. True worship also comes from the heart of a person who is expressing their love and devotion to God for simply being who He is.
Psalm 145 does a wonderful job describing what God is like. As you read it yourself, think about how you’ve experienced God in the some of the same ways.
- God is gracious
- God is merciful
- He is slow to anger
- He is full of constant love
- He has compassion
- He has all might and power
- He is eternal
- He helps those in trouble
- He lifts those who’ve fallen
- He satisfies the needs of all
- He is righteous and loving
- He is near to those who call