Why Do We Worship?

10 May 2017

Pull up any major world news source and you’ll quickly find that the force of fear currently assails the confidence of our heart. I’m convinced our need to sing worship has never been greater. Psalm 57:7 says, “My heart is confident in You, oh God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!” (NLT). Our need to engage both heart and mind in passionate, faith-filled worship of Jesus is real today.

Worship is about God.

A mystery of worship is that it isn’t about us, but about God. But, God doesn’t need our worship; we do.

God isn’t some insecure cosmic being, who waits for His worshippers to remind Him how awesome He is and how desperately they need Him before He decides to intervene.

God never changes. But when we worship, we change.

Worship is about attention.

Our worship gatherings, beyond church services and singing, exist to capture our attention. Worship takes our eyes off the busyness of life and turns us to the person of Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3:13-18 says, We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

This passage speaks of attention. Removing the veil cripples the power of the opinions and the distraction of others. Unveiled, we stand before God face to face. In the place where we “contemplate the Lord’s glory” with our attention fully on him, God transforms us into his image. The Greek word for “transformed” is the same word used to describe the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17. The root word is “metamorphic,” the root where we derive the English term of “metamorphosis.” Metamorphosis is the process by which a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly.

Think about that for a moment. This picture is incredible. When we turn our unabated faces — our attention towards Christ — God transforms us to be like Jesus.

For this reason, I am convinced we need to worship more than ever before.

Do you find yourself in midst of turmoil? Worship the God of peace and you’ll find peace.

Do you need wisdom? Worship the God of wisdom and you’ll find wisdom.

Are you faced with the impossible task of unconditionally loving the unlovable? Then worship the God who IS LOVE and His love will become yours.

In a world that vies for our attention every moment we’re awake, let’s centre our attention on Christ. As a good friend recently reminded me, “The more we get on with celebrating who and what we are in Christ, the less consumed we will be by chaos and the more committed we will be to Christ-likeness in the world and for the world.”

Brad Kohring
Hillsong Queensland Creative Pastor