Why does God want to be worshipped?

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Is God a man, that He is so self-absorbed that He demands to be worshipped just as the likes of Nero, portrayed in the old movies, demanding the adoration and worship from the people?

Does God seek flattery to puff Himself up with His own sense of self importance?

No, God wants to be worshipped not for flattery but because He desires to be known.

We worship God because we know Him. When we worship God with proclamations and declarations as in songs, psalms and scripture, we are stating who He is. When we cry out “All praise belongs to You God” it is because we see who He is and that in actual fact, all praise really does belong to Him! When we sing “How great Thou art” its because we have seen that He is so great! This is why true worship must be in  Spirit and in Truth.

He is not looking for people who can sing. He’s not looking for people who can write worship ‘songs’. He is looking for a people who know Him! This is the place that real worship songs are written from. And this is why we are told in Romans 12:1 that our TRUE act of worship is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice – that is to give up our lives so that He lives through us instead, since we see that He is so beautiful and glorious. If we worship in Spirit and in Truth it is because we are responding to what we see and know of our Lord.

So next time you think about worship, the next time you join in with the saints in singing to and about our God, the next time you cry out proclamations of praise to God, the next time you tell Him how beautiful He is in your intimate time with Him, remember you speak these words from your heart to your God because you have seen that what you are speaking of Him is true.

God wants us to know Him. We worship Him because we know Him.

The Voice

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Hi brothers and sisters,

There’s so much attention and media time given these days to singing and the worship and elevation of those who sing. Our televisions are filled with shows like American/Australian Idol, Australia/Brittain’s Got Talent and The Voice. I must admit, I’m pretty sick of it. But there is a different kind of singing that thrills me and it clearly delights the Lord’s heart immensely.

I’ve just been reflecting on some words some saints put to the old familiar tune of “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and I see something beautiful of the Lord’s oneness with His church, His bride, come through in the words. Sometimes it helps us to capture the Spirit in the words of a song if we actually remove the tune so if you’re not familiar with the tune thats ok!

The words are addressed to a corporate gathering of saints and go like this…..

 

Holy ones (that’s us),  do you hear when we’re singing it’s the voice of the Lord we are bringing?

He gave us His life that we might be His wife

And as she is singing she hears His reply…..

“Oh what a beautiful woman”! 

 

Read it a couple more times.

What I saw in these words is the oneness of the Bride with her Bridegroom. That as she (corporate expression of His life) sings His praises, it is His life that indwells her and sings through her! The Lord is actually glorifying Himself through the praises of His people! Wow! And to the shame of the powers and authorities in heavenly realms.

As if thats not enough to meditate on for weeks! But what really caught the attention of my spirit in these words is that as we, the corporate body and bride of Christ, sing His praises together something wonderful happens. With our spiritual sense of hearing, that is in our spirit, we hear the Lord loving and adoring His bride! We hear Him singing “Oh! What a beautiful woman!”

Now isn’t that just the most wonderful and the closest relationship anyone could ever imagine?

“…He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17.

Oh! What a wonderful Lord!! He’s The Voice! He’s Eternity’s Idol!