Worship is our response to God. This is such a powerful thing because this is the only thing that we can give God. He gives us and has given us everything, and the only thing that we can give Him to thank Him is our worship to God. If this is the only thing that we can do that blesses God, than we need to learn how to use it.
We all worship something
All creation was made to worship God. Jesus says that if we do not worship, the rocks and stones will sing to the Lord (read Luke 19:40). We were all created to worship God, but when sin entered the world, so did free choice. Now people have the choice wether to worship God or not, but the thing is, we still have a nature of worship in us. That worship nature did not leave when free choice happened. Now you either choose to worship God or you choose to worship the world (read James 4:4).
Worship is not just music
Worship is not just the few songs before the sermon on a Sunday morning. Worship is where your heart and your mind focus on. Whatever is on the throne of your heart is what you worship. It could even seem like a good thing, your family, your job, having fun, but if it is not God that you are giving all of your worship to, it is not good.
I heard a message by Micheal Todd from Transformation Church in Tulsa, OK, where he talks about worship being like Star Trek. In Star Trek, you have the bridge where there is one Captain’s chair and then all the other lieutenant’s sit around him. This is what your heart looks like. You have the Captain’s chair and a bunch of lieutenant’s chairs around it. God wants and deserves to be on the Captain’s chair of your life. Only with Him in that chair will all the other chairs, the chair for family, the chair for your job, the chair for your ministry, will be able to function at their best. As people, and as Christians, we can put God in a lieutenant’s chair and put our social media, or our families, or our spouse on the Captains chair. What ever you choose to put on the Captain’s chair of your life is what is going to lead your life, and ultimately what you will worship.
Worshiping God is the biggest attack against the enemy.
When Lucifer fell, his sin was pride. He wanted to be like God. He wanted to be above God. Lucifer said “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will asked above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most Hight (Isaiah 14:12-14)”. Pride was the original sin.
There were originally three arch angels, Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer. Gabriel is tied to God’s word. When we see him in the Bible, he is giving messages from God (read Luke 1:31-32). Michael is the fighting angel (read Revelations 12). We see him fighting for the nation of Israel. Lucifer was the angel of worship (read through Ezekiel 28:12-17). He was supposed to be the chief worship leader. But instead of letting the worship flow through him to God, he wanted to take that worship for himself.
Pride was the original sin. One of Satan’s three types of attack is the “pride of life” (Read 1 John 2:16). The enemy doesn’t like it when we worship God because worshiping God is the opposite of pride. Worship is the act of giving yourself to the Lord. It is taking your eyes off of yourself, your pride, and your selfishness and giving yourself to God. Satan hates when we worship.
Our lives should be worship
God wants our lives to be worship. In Romans 12, Paul writes “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service to God (Romans 12:1)”. In the ESV this says “ … holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Romans 12:1 ESV)”. Our lives should be worship. What we say, what we do, what we think, how we act, should all be worship to God.
Watch Michael Todd's Sermon about worship here! This is part 4 of a 7 part sermon series, I would highly recommend watching all 7!