Worship is What We Were Made For

twenty something worshipThis morning I was reflecting on the NT view of worship and how radically different it is from conceptions of worship in the OT. Jesus truly made a seismic shift in the worship patterns of the Church.

In the OT worship was about a place (the Temple), and the materials (incense, birds, lambs, bulls etc.), and rituals done in a prescribed way (see the book of Leviticus). But in the NT Jesus tells us that what is most important is not place or form but “spirit and truth” (John 4:20-26). This isn’t to say that matters of the heart were not important in the OT, they were. But Jesus removes all the forms to peel back the curtain to reveal the most important thing about worship.

What makes worship “Worship” is what is going on in my(our) heart. Something needs to be going on in my heart or worship doesn’t exist.

We were made to worship. Worshippers is what God is looking for. Worship is what we will do for all eternity. Oh, how my heart needs to learn this. Like the woman at the well, I need to drink from this depth.

“In the name of One who is coming to judge the living and the dead, God would you create in me a clean heart, cleaner everyday. Make me as pure as I can be today and make me purer still tomorrow. Make my heart to sing of You and Your works with greater joy, passion and frequency. Lord, make me a worshiper in spirit and truth. Make me a man who delights to learn more of You so that my passions are based on the truth revealed by Your Spirit. Make me a man who delights to linger with You. Amen”

2 thoughts on “Worship is What We Were Made For

  1. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Sounds familiar–I think) And to this end “Glorifying God by our worship must be our goal, our highest priority.(I Cor. 10:31*)” ( from A Comparison of God-centered and man -centered Worship at http://www.angelfire.com/nt/theology/godwork2.html )

    *1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

    So what needs to be going on in my heart is a continuous song of praise, a continuous paean of worship. There is room for improvement.


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