“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:1-2 (NIV)
We are shaped by that which we see as most worthy or most valuable. All of this is worship, and when it isn’t given to God, it’s called idolatry; in other words, when we are shaped by giving ultimate value to anything other than God, it is idolatry. But why is this? Why are we all always worshiping? Why does it seem like we just can’t stop? Simply because of this: It’s what we were created to do. Do you want to know what the meaning of life is? Do you want to know why you woke up today? Why you have breath in your lungs right now? Why God made you? It’s to worship Him. It’s the whole reason you’re alive. We exist to be shaped by the worthiness of God; to worship Him.
The first two commandments of the ten commandments are about worship: “You shall have no other gods before me” and “Don’t make an image of me” or “an idol”. In other words, “Don’t worship anything but me, and don’t make an image of me, because I already did that, namely, YOU, who are created to worship me.”
Which leads us to the question, “What does God want our worship to look like?"
Here are three answers to that question:
- God wants our worship to be fueled by who he is.
- God wants our worship to be active.
- God wants us to worship together.
Worshiping together isn’t easy, and it doesn’t happen by accident. It requires effort, not just from church staff but from all of us. And the kindling that will make for a glorious fire for all of us to enjoy is God himself.
*We are a church located in Greenville, South Carolina. Our vision is to see God transform us into a community of grace passionately pursuing life and mission with Jesus.*
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