[Part of the Experiencing Remarkable Worship devotional series]
When I was growing up someone pointed out to me that when you look at the waves that it looks like the ocean is continually bowing in worship to God; the trees look as if they are stretched to the heavens, swaying in the breeze, in symbolic praise to God. I think that’s amazing! Many times over the years as I’ve observed God’s creation, I’ve remembered that and smiled. Have you ever read Psalm 148? All of creation is exhorted to praise the Lord! Angels and heavens, sun and moon, sea creatures and all deeps, fire and snow, mountains and trees, livestock and birds, kings and rulers, young and old… PRAISE THE LORD!
Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created. Psalm 148:5 ESV
Since God is my Creator, that exhortation includes me. The Lord is waiting on me to come to Him, instead of the other way around. He is ready to pour out His love, forgiveness, and refreshing. Sometimes the problem is that I am bombarded with worldly things. It’s humanly impossible to avoid. That’s why I need to set my heart to seek the Lord. King Rehoboam didn’t, and the outcome was that he did evil (2 Chronicles 12:14 ESV).
The Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon tells us that the word “set” in this verse means “to purpose seriously.”
King Jehoshaphat and Ezra, however, both seriously purposed to seek God and the result was completely different. Not only did their choice benefit themselves, but others. King Jehoshaphat destroyed the idols in the land, and Ezra taught the sovereign laws of God to Israel. As a result of their choice to set their heart on the Lord, others were drawn closer to God.
Nevertheless, some good is found in you, for you destroyed the Asheroth out of the land, and have set your heart to seek God. 2 Chronicles 19:3 ESV
For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. Ezra 7:10 ESV
My heart encapsulates my mind, will, and heart. Because it is the seat of my will, my choice is involved. I can choose to set my heart on the Lord, or not.
My prayer is, “Not my will but Yours be done!”
When I set my heart to seek the Lord, I will see God’s blessing stay with me. [TWEET THIS]
Here are 4 biblical reasons I worship God:
1. I will obey God’s command, knowing He is jealous for my love.
(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God). Exodus 34:14 ESV
2. The Father is looking for me.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. John 4:23 ESV
Notice it doesn’t say He is looking for worship, but rather worshipers. He is always pursuing me! In my times of worship, I can love Him in return.
3. It is good, pleasant, and beautiful.
Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming. Psalm 147:1 NASB
4. It glorifies God.
When true thankfulness spills from my heart to God, whoever hears will identify God as the giver of those many gifts.
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me… Psalm 50:23a ESV
Today we have been talking about why we worship. Let’s put this into action. You may want to use your journal as you go through this application section, and highlight the verses from this post in your Bible. My prayer for you is that God would meet you in this moment.
- Read. The LORD looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God. Psalm 14:2 HCSB
- Reflect. Have you been setting your heart to seek the Lord? What has been the result of that?
- Pray. God, it blows me away that You are seeking me. I’m here, seeking You, too.
- Praise. Offer thanks to God for as many blessings that come to mind.
In addition to the ones above, what are other reasons to worship God?
In following the command of God to teach our kids at home (Duet. 11:19), I have created a printable kids version of the above content. It’s free! Check out the other free Imparting Virtues lessons.
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