Why We Worship
Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:2
Recommended Reading – 1 Chronicles 16:2
Some things in life are negotiable, others are not. Civil laws are non-negotiable. The physical laws of the universe, like gravity, are non-negotiable. Going to the gym, raking the leaves, purchasing a desired item — these, and other things in life, are negotiable. That means we can allow our feelings to help determine our course of action.
Non-negotiables in the kingdom of God are expressed as commands. Sometimes we are told they are laws, as in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), and other times their status as commands is implied by how they are written. As suggested by Hebrew grammar, worshiping God is not negotiable: “worship the Lord” is an imperative form (1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 29:2; 96:9). We think of worship as an emotional act born out of love and gratitude — those are good reasons to worship God. But what if we don’t feel love and gratitude? At that point we worship God because of “the splendor of His holiness” (NIV). That is, we worship Him because He deserves to be worshiped as our Creator-God.
Don’t let feelings be an obstacle to worship. Worship God because of Who He is and what He deserves — and feelings will follow.
What or whom we worship determines our behavior.