Why should I praise and worship God?



Question: “Why should I praise and worship God? What is the affect of praise and worshipping God and what is the result of failing to do so?”



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The commands to "praise the Lord" are too numerous in the Bible to mention. All angels and the heavenly hosts are commanded to praise the Lord (Psalm 89:5, 103:20, 148:2). All inhabitants of the earth are instructed to praise the Lord (Psalm 138:4, Romans 15:11).


Praise is thanking God for all that He has done for us. We are offering back to God appreciation for His mighty works. For His mercy that we are not receiving the punishment that we deserve. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise (Psalm 18:3).


Worship is declaring who God is and should be reserved for God alone. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only (Luke 4:8).  Praise can be a part of worship, but worship goes beyond praise. To truly worship God, we must let go of our self-worship. We must be willing to humble ourselves before God, surrender every part of our lives to His control, and adore Him for who He is, not just what He has done. Worship should become a lifestyle. Jesus said the Father is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). We should worship Him with the spiritual worship of faith, love, and holiness; which are attributes of the Holy Spirit. To worship in truth we must have purity of heart, freedom of sin, a spirit of humility and obedience in submission to the will of God.  Jesus said that if people do not praise God, even the stones will cry out (Luke 19:40).  Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 96:9). And, Come let us worship and bow down (Psalm 95:6). Through worship, we humble ourselves and acknowledge Him.


Worship is an attitude of the heart and not the head. A person can go through outward motions and not be worshipping (Psalm 51:16-17, Matthew 6:5-6). God, who sees the heart, desires and deserves sincere, heartfelt praise and worship.


Worship is those actions and attitudes that ascribe honor and worth to the great God of heaven and earth. We draw near God with joy, praise and gratitude for who He is and what He has done for us.  Worship expresses faith, love and devotion from a sincere heart.


Worship may entail singing a song (Eph. 5:19), both in human words and in the spirit (1 Cor. 14:15).  Under no circumstances should singing be entertainment.  Worship can include sitting silently in God’s presence, sharing time with Him, having an awareness of God's presence and rejoice in His majesty.  Being speechless in His presence allows Him to speak to us.


The nature of worshipping God demands that we prostrate our soul before Him in humble and contrite submission. James 4:6 and 10 tells us, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.


Worshipping God is not about a ritual, or spending a few minutes speed reading the Bible. It has nothing to do with the mind, but everything to do with the heart. True worship requires total commitment. It’s about exalting and adoring the God of the Bible. It is spending time with the creator of the universe in a loving relationship.  

 

We cannot worship God with sin in our lives or if there is self-will in our hearts, because it is about God’s will for us and not our will for God.


We are not to worship saints, statues, angels, money, occupation, sports, hobby, a love one, or celebrities. Anyone or anything that becomes more important than God is an idol or a false god.  God says, I am the Lord your God ...You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:2-3).


When the devil tried to tempt Jesus in Matthew 4:10, Jesus rebuked him and said,  Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.  If we choose to worship false gods, God’s word says in Jonah 2:8, Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all of God’s mercies. Mercy is God withholding the punishment we deserve, but if we turn our back on God’s mercies, then we will receive all the punishment we deserve.  


God is a holy, righteous, loving Father who is worthy of our praise and worship. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deut. 6:5).



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