Worship, what is its purpose, and what is not its purpose? The dictionary defines the word worship, in its verb sense, as the treating of something or someone as deity. The Bible literally says to worship the God (Rev 22:9)! Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory . . . (Ps 115:1ff) speaks to the purpose of worship as a response to God’s love and faithfulness that brings attention and glory to God, not men. We worship the God in spirit and in truth, because this is the kind worship and worshippers that the Father seeks. True worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23–24). This seems simple and clear enough, yet worship remains one of the most polarizing topics among those who call themselves Christians.

            Perhaps one of the reasons worship divides people is that its focus is often misguided. The focus of worship can be upon the worship, itself, or worse yet, the worshippers, rather than on the object of true worship – God! Worship that adores God will put God and His desires above the worshiper and self-seeking desires.

            Gift at the altar described the offerings Jews presented as worship upon the altar (Lev 1–3 et al.). Jesus, in describing His kingdom, says that worship, a gift at the altar, comes out of a heart that has set its desire to please God by being like Him. God is the God or reconciliation, and the goal of the gospel is the reconciliation of men to God and to each other.

            “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift (Matt 5:23–24 NIV). Worship has never been, nor will it ever be a substitute for obedience that comes from the heart. God is not some man-made deity that is obligated by the worship of men. Our worship of God must come from a heart that is seeking His purpose in our lives and in this world! God help us be willing to become like Him, so that our worship of Him can be acceptable and accomplish His purpose for it – Amen!

 

                                                                       Peace,

                                                                        Jay Don