Do you know God commands our worship? We were created for a purpose and that is to bring glory to the one who made us. Our duty is to worship the creator not the creation.
Everyone who is called by my name, whom I have created for my glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him. NKJV
Man was created for God’s glory, even as we all have different purposes of accomplishing here on earth, the ultimate goal is to bring glory to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The calling on our lives and the good gifts/ talents God has given to us are all for His glory not to us but to Him. This is why we shouldn’t grow proud as pride steals God’s glory, making a man think that it is by own strength and wisdom that makes them prosper. When we worship God we fulfill the main purposes why we were created. Worship is an expression of reverence and admiration for God. Every human being deserves to worship God. When God receives our worship, He receives all the glory. Worship acknowledges Who truly God is, His magnificence and great beauty of His nature. Worship will reveal the sovereignty of God and guarantees that Only God is worthy and deserves our worship. We should worship God who formed us, created us in His image, we are the work of His hands. Everything we see was made by Him, He is the creator of heaven and earth! the source of life and all that we are; you see, all creation shows the glory of God, its a privilege to worship Him, we ought to worship Him!
Then Jesus said to Him, Away with you, Satan! For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.
Jesus even confirmed it that we are to only worship God period, not anything else! not the devil, nor the sun, the moon, images, mankind whether rich or famous. But all to worship and serve the one true living God. Even as the devil tempted Jesus that he will give Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory if He worshiped him., What about us? The devil will tempt us to in any way so that we fail to worship God. He can entice us to many beautiful or luxurious things which can draw our hearts away from God, how? when we begin to love them so much and adore them rather than God; they occupy the place of God in our hearts they become idolatry. It can be anything like a car, a house, family, job, friends etc. Whatever we put our whole heart on takes our attention and if it is not God or the things of God, we worship it!. The solution is to worship God whether we have plenty or not if it is wealth, a perfect job, we always have to remember that it is God who gives us the power to make wealth Deuteronomy 8:18. If it is good health or not , we should remember that It is God who bringeth health and healing, Jeremiah 33:6 in all situations whether good or bad we are to worship God.
Expressions of worship
There are many ways of expressing our worship to God; David is a good example to follow, he worshiped God inside and out with all his heart, strength and life. We can worship God by; Singing and shouting: Psalm 81:1-2 says Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. Like David, we worship when we sing songs to GOD in spirit and in truth. For example when we sing those beautiful worship songs in church, in our homes and regularly, even creating our own songs to GOD.
Dancing: 2 Samuel 6:14 And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. David danced with all his might, he forsook all the glories of a king, or who was watching and worshiped God with everything in him through dancing. He didn’t consider himself highly but gave the praise back to God.
Speaking:; Psalm 71:8 My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. We worship through Speaking of who God is, His greatness, His power, His works etc and telling of His wonders.
Bowing down and standing: Psalm 95:6 Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. Psalm 33:8 Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. We worship through kneeling and standing with sincerity of our hearts.
clapping our hands and lifting up our hands: Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!. Worship is individual. God is the only audience of our worship not the members of the church or the choir leaders. They only lead and guide us into worship.
Other ways we worship God is through;
Giving: Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. When we give our offerings, tithe or give a seed., we honor and acknowledge God who is the source of everything. And if we honor Him, He honors us back and blesses us according to His riches in glory.
Walking in holiness and righteousness: Romans 12:1 I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Worship is not just about singing but a lifestyle. Our whole lives including the heart, the body/flesh, the tongue, the mind must worship God. This means we have to discipline this body by controlling it to submit to God. We should honor God with our bodies, not to fulfill the desires of the flesh but to run away from every form of sin, and pursue holiness and righteousness.
Serving God: 1 Samuel 12: 24 Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. Whatever work/ task we doing for the Lord is worship, so we worship Him with our lives. Serving is to sacrifice, to be obedient, and to acknowledge God, His existence, omnipotence, and sovereignty etc.
Giving God all the glory in everything we do. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. This regards our day to day living, our walk with God, our speech, character, etc whatever we do is for the glory of God and God will not allow anyone to share His glory.
I pray that God helps us and graces us to worship Him, never to grow weary and tired but continuing in strength and might to worship Him every day of our lives in spirit and in truth. Amen
God bless you all.