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Worship matters because it matters to God. 

Examples of worship are scattered throughout the entirety of the Bible–from Genesis to Revelation. In Genesis 22:12-14, we see Abraham showing true sacrifice by his willingness to sacrifice his son. In Revelation 4, we find four living creatures singing “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8).

So then, the questions to ask are: Why does worship matter to God? Why is it such a prevalent thing throughout the Bible? 

  1. God demands worship because of who He is. 

As weird as it sounds, He is a jealous God, not in a sinful way, but in a holy and righteous way. He is the creator of the universe and everything that dwells in and outside of it and is truly worthy of praise. 

I don’t know about you, but when I think about the Lord this way, it encourages me to lay down everything at His feet. 

  • “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”–Revelation 4:11

When God is worshipped with an honest, repentant, and obedient heart, Christ is magnified, the body of Christ is unified, and it brings us closer to his heart. 

One of the most amazing acts of worship in the Bible is when Jesus is arrested in Luke 22:44-43. Here is the Savior of the world, the hope of all humanity, getting ready to die the most painful death, and He gives us the definition of surrender: “Not my will, but yours be done.”

  1. Worship matters because it brings us closer to God.

When we come to the Lord with genuine worship, it is like a metaphorical magnifying glass put on our relationship with Him. I love this outburst of surrender from Isaiah: “Woe to me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5).

God reveals things to us when we seek Him. In the passage above, Isaiah experiences the Lord, and it changes the way he sees himself, “I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips…”

Worship band rocking out for the crowd.

In this passage, the Lord shows Isaiah new things about himself–things he had not understood. Has this happened to you? 

  • Have you looked at the mountains in Colorado in awe of God’s omnipotent power? 
  • Have you listened to your favorite worship song in the car, and the presence of God puts you in a place of surrender, amazement, awareness of your brokenness, and need for Him?

Suddenly, you start seeing things in your life that seem unholy and unclean and that need to be cut out of your life. 

This is the product of authentic worship and time with God. Worship matters because it matters to God. It matters to the growth in knowledge and understanding of ourselves and who He is. 

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