God created us to worship. He created us to worship Him and Him alone. Left to ourselves, though, we will worship all sorts of useless gods or idols; idols of this world, such as, money, wealth, power, status, education, intellect, sex, etc. We are all to willing trade true worship; which has as its center a Holy God for a worthless imposter. The Hebrew children did this very thing. Moses went up the mountain to speak with God and while he was gone they fashioned a golden calf to be their god. They even gave this useless idol credit for leading them out of slavery in Egypt! Can you even imagine something so ludicrous? Ask yourself the question; what or who am I worshipping? Be honest in your estimation of your spiritual life. You may be saying, I would never do something as awful as that. This is a spiritual checkup. Only you and God knows the answer to the question. This speaks to the condition of your heart.
Through worship, we come into the presence of God. We are told in the Bible that God inhabits our praises (Psalm 22:3). What a beautiful picture of the closeness we can have with God. When you worship God, yours is the only voice He hears. What do I mean by that? If you have children or, like me, grandchildren, then you know what it sounds like when they run up and just say I love you. Man, what a feeling! God loves you and wants your worship. Only you can give God “your” worship. As you worship God, He embraces you and begins to fill your heart with gladness and joy.
Now before someone asks; yes God can hear all of our voices at the same time. God knows all, can be everywhere, and has the power to do any and all things at once. We worship a God who is beyond anything we can comprehend with our limited minds. The smartest person on earth, the largest fastest supercomputer we could build, nor the combined intellect of all the Nobel prize winners could ever fathom the deep things of God. With His infinite resources why bother offering your worship? What do you have to give that God needs? That’s the great thing about God. He does not need you and me to fulfill His needs. He has all He could ever need. As crazy as it sounds, He wants me. He wants you. He wants a relationship with us. He doesn’t want to be our acquaintance. He wants you and me to know Him deeply as He knows us. Just look at what John 4:23 (ESV) says, 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. Notice that last part if you will. He is seeking people to worship Him. He is seeking people to enter into a relationship with Him. His promise is to inhabit their praises.
So the question is still on the table. How is your worship? What or who does your worship focus upon? What do you spend your money, time, or talent in pursuit of? Often, where we invest these resources becomes a god or idol in our life. These questions are not meant to belittle you, they are meant to help answer the question; what am I worshipping?
I would like to challenge you to an honest evaluation of your spiritual life. I also want to challenge you to spend time in prayer and reading God’s word to connect with Him on the intimate level He desires. I promise, you will not regret one moment spent in His presence. But you will regret neglecting your relationship with God.
In His service