Why do we worship when the act of worship does not come naturally to the human mind? In fact, to many non-Christians, the act of worship is simply a fanciful and baseless task that takes time and energy but yields absolutely nothing. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. Nor can he understand them, for they are spiritually appraised” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
I’ve been asked before why I worship. Why are my Saturday nights reserved for quiet contemplation in my bedroom to study and prepare for my Sunday message, and why are my Sunday mornings put aside to talk to you fine folks about God’s word and His desire for us on this earth? Everyone knows that Saturday night should be date night and Sunday morning should be reserved for the sweet delight of sleeping in, right? Believe me, there are some Sunday mornings when the temptation to stay underneath the warm covers is definitely a strong deterrent to spending the morning with God and you, so why do I do it?
Well, I don’t do it for God. The truth of the matter is that God doesn’t really need our worship. He desires it, but he doesn’t need it. Unlike humans, worship and accolades do nothing to bolster His ego or strengthen His confidence. Rather, His request of our worship is solely for our benefit alone. I do it because if I don’t, I feel worse for wear. When I didn’t have He’s the Solution, I was less of a man, less of a husband, less of a father, and less of an employer. I simply had less to give. The act of worship, for me, has recharged me with an abundance and there is nothing to do with all of this abundance but share it with you each Sunday morning.
I like this quote by Keith Green, an American contemporary Christian musician: “If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence? You’d be bored to tears in heaven, if you’re not ecstatic about God now!”
God wants to spend time with you, and He wants that one-on-one relationship with you. The only way that is possible is for you to surrender your preconceived notions, step down from your ego-raised pedestal, and humble yourself to God. If you can do that, you will be filled with an abundance like no other.