Why We Worship

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ,

Last Sunday our theme was “Why We Worship.”  We saw that worship is essentially declaring the worth of something or someone.  When we worship God, we are proclaiming God’s worth – His greatness, excellence, majesty, and splendor.  A question we might ask is: How do we determine something’s worth.  Why do we consider one thing of greater worth than another?

For instance, which is of greater worth – a cup full of diamonds or a cup full of water?  If you were offered both but could choose only one, which cup would you take?  Certainly, we would choose the cup of diamonds because diamonds are of greater worth than water.  Diamonds are beautiful and water is ordinary.  Diamonds are rare and water is bountiful.  Diamonds have a high monetary value and water is inexpensive or even free.  So of course, we would choose the cup of diamonds.

However, if you were lost in the desert and dying of thirst, you would certainly choose the cup of water over the cup of diamonds.  In that situation, the water would be of greater value than the diamonds.

What this illustrates is that what we value at any given time is subjective.  In one circumstance, a particular item might be of far greater worth than another item, but in a different circumstance the reverse would be true.

So, what does this have to do with worship?  This reminds us that the things of this world have a subjective value; their value changes depending on circumstances.  But God’s value is not subjective; it never changes.  God’s love never diminishes, His power never weakens, His wisdom never changes, His faithfulness never ceases, and His commitment to us never wavers.  God is always who He is – majestic in His holiness and perfect in every way.  Thus, God and God alone is always worthy of worship.

Let us continually behold the greatness and excellence of God, and joyfully worship God in the splendor of His holiness.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Bob

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