From the beginning of creation, it is customary for people to worship Gods and they did and still do so for diverse reasons. Recently, I carried out a study on the reasons why and I was able to figure out some which I will like to share with you today. They include:
1. Because it is the right thing to do.
Many people in the bible worshipped God because they knew it is the right thing to do (Psalm 147:1). King David was one of them! In Psalm 33:3, he urged people to ”Sing unto him (that is God) a new song…”. Prophet Isaiah also added his own voice to this all important issue by saying ”Sing to the Lord a new song and his praise from the end of the earth …” (Isaiah 42:10). Both men and their ilk made it a point of duty to worship God habitually and they shone brilliantly while on earth. So, if you want to shine brilliantly on earth too, then one of the things you have to do is to incorporate the attitude of worshipping God into your lifestyle and you shall be happy we did in the end in Jesus name. Amen.
2. Because it is the usual practice in heaven.
It is the usual practice in heaven for all the creatures therein, including the twenty four elders, to worship God 24/7 (Revelation 4:8-10). One of their worship pronouncements found in Revelation 4:11 is now adapted into a melodious worship song that goes like this:
”Thou art worthy; thou art worthy, o lord
To receive glory, honor, and power
For thou hast created, all things.
And for thy pleasure they are and were created”.
As children of God, our major aim should be to attain heaven and if we are dead serious about this, then we must strive to become proficient in what the routine is there. And we can start, by getting used to worshipping God at all times.
3. To show our appreciation to Him for granting us our heart desires.
Hannah worshipped God in prayer to show her appreciation to Him for giving her a baby boy, Samuel, after many years of being barren. Her prayer is found in 1 Samuel 2:2 and it has been fashioned into a popular worship song, part of which goes this way:
”There is none holy as the Lord
There is none beside Thee,
Neither is there any rock like our God.
There is none holy as the Lord’.
Hannah worshipped God to show her appreciation to Him and He gave her more children afterwards. From her story, we can easily conclude that it pays to worship God to convey our appreciation to Him for granting us our heart desires. No doubt, this will motivate Him to do more for us.
4. To thank Him for delivering us from unpleasant situations.
Realising their huge loss, following the exit of the Israelites from Egypt, Pharaoh and his men pursued them with the aim of bringing them back into slavery. Before long, the Israelites found themselves trapped in between the highly rated but dreadful Egyptians soldiers and the red sea and they became very afraid. So, they cried out to God to deliver them and He did (Exodus 14: 1-30). After that, Moses and the Israelites worshipped God in song; thanking Him for delivering them from that very unpleasant situation. Their song, found in Exodus 15:11, now forms the body of a popular Christian worship song that goes thus:
Who is like unto thee, O Lord?
Who is Like unto Thee, O Lord?
Among the gods, who is like Thee?
You are glorious in Holiness
And fearful in praises
Always Doing Wonders, Hallelujah
If you want God to be a constant feature of your life after delivering you from a festering situation, then do what the Israelites did; praise and worship Him in songs (Psalm 22:3).
Summary and Conclusion:
It is important to worship God because it is the right thing to do. It is also appropriate to do so to get used to this practice which is a permanent routine in Heaven; our eternal home. We are to worship Him too, for granting us our heart desires and for delivering us from our festering conditions. There are other reasons why we should worship our God but we can’t go into them now because of time and space constraints. The onus is now on us to identify where we fit in, and to worship Him appropriately in return. Granted, we may not have attained our best yet, but our conditions would have been a lot worse without Him. Let us therefore, appreciate Him whole heartedly; let us worship Him on and on without looking back with joy, with dancing and with instruments (Psalm 149: 2-4). I am confident that He will help us more and more till our joy is full in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
C Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2006