Who is worship for?

It’s always great to be together in one place to worship the Lord Jesus Christ! We sometimes talk about ‘holding’ worship or ‘attending’ worship, and most of us have an opinion of what makes ‘good’ worship. This kind of language can be something of a problem because the overall implication is that worship is somehow for us. We gauge the success of the worship time by how we enjoyed it and how it made us feel. I don’t think for a minute that God has a problem with us enjoying our worship time with Him, and, when our worship leads us into a deeper understanding of His love, grace, sacrifice and desire to commune with us, it’s unreal to think that we would not enjoy! Yet, if it all hinges on our enjoyment then I suggest we need to rethink …

1 Chronicles 16:29 says: ‘Ascribe (or attribute) to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come before Him! Worship the Lord in the splendour of holiness.’ Psalm 96:8 has a similar message regarding worship and adds, ‘Bring an offering and come into His courts!’ So you see, worship isn’t about us at all; it actually involves cost and commitment. These scriptures tell us that the more we can free ourselves from prioritising our pleasure, the more meaningful and beneficial our worship becomes as we centre on the Lord. Challenging for all of us I think!