Not because he needs it, but because he deserves no less. God’s people worship him – give him honour and glory – because that can be our only response to who he is and what he has done.
The largest book in the Bible is a huge collection of songs, written by various musicians and poets – the book of Psalms. Within this compilation, there is massive variety of worship forms: songs of jubilant praise and adoration; songs to mark a special day in Israel’s history; songs that express excitement of going to God’s house; songs that grapple with the brutal facts of human suffering and questioning.
It is in Psalm 19 that we read:
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
All of creation is busy giving glory to its maker – God himself. It can’t help but do anything else.
As the pinnacle of God’s creation, humankind was given the task to lead the rest of creation in worship to the Creator God, but due to the corrupting effects of sin, we no longer focused our worship on God, but instead focused it on anything and everything else.
But thanks to the redeeming, forgiving work of Christ (the only faithful and true worshipper of God), our sin is dealt with and our hearts are transformed to now focus our worship on its only deserving recipient – God himself.
The roar of heavenly worship
Because of the good news – the Gospel – of Jesus Christ, we have every reason to worship God with our whole lives.
The Bible gives us a glimpse of the great gathering of worshippers, whose song rocks the very foundations of heaven with their thunderous praise:
I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)
A worshipping church
Therefore as a church, we move up in our worship to God.
We do this as we gather together as a group of people on Sundays and sing songs of worship to God, rich in theological reflection and meaning, as we remind ourselves of our great God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We are committed to valuing excellence in worship; God’s people honing their God-given gifts in music and leading worship, which honours Him and inspires his people.
However, our worship is by no means limited to singing! Prayer is also an act of worship being described as ‘the most important aspect of the gratitude that God requires of us.’
Therefore as a church we shall make space to bring our prayers of worship to God, in contemplation and at times silence, reflecting back to him our words of thanks and praise as we come together.