“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is He that made us, and we are His; For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations” (Psalm 100: 1-3,5)
Worship is aimed at enhancing our love for Jesus. Worshipping God renews our faith and restores our joy as we get a fresh glimpse at who God is and how much He cares about us. Many Christians don’t feel like going to worship, but all that does is make them spiritually lazy. Worship is your spiritual jumper cables. Psalm 122 says “I was glad when they said to me let’s go into the house of the Lord.” It’s not “I felt guilty” or “I had an obligation.” Sometimes, people get burned by others at church, so they quit coming. They say they lost faith in God. Actually, they lost faith in people, who the Bible says are all flawed.
Have you noticed when you are in conflict with someone, your life stinks? All is going fine and then you have a problem; someone criticized you, rejected you, betrayed you. So, it consumes your thoughts and changes your attitude. The reason is our identity and purpose in life is found in good relationships.
Church has a hidden importance: you cannot fulfill God’s purposes for your life by yourself; we need each other. We are wired for community. When God made Adam, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone,” and created a partner. There’s something deep about why we need each other. You can only learn forgiveness and loyalty in relationships. You can only learn love and unselfishness with others. Our job as Christ-followers is to make relationships better, not worse. Once we accept Jesus into our lives, we’re called to be peace makers, who rather than create conflict, seek harmony; this is the ministry of reconciliation.
Adapted from “A Significant Faith” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis