Worship happens every day of our lives. When we think of worship, we often just connect it with the music set right before the message at church. Music is a huge part of our worship at church. It seems to be an easy access point to the heart and presence of God for many. For some the musical sense of worship can be a struggle for people due to various reasons. Still, nobody actually has a problem worshipping something in their daily lives. It often is correlated to what we spend the most time doing. If it is spending time with our significant other, our friends, watching television, following sports teams, listening to music, seeking the latest fashion, gossip, or trends, there is something we are excellent at worshipping in our day. As Christians, we would want to be known for excellence in worshipping God over everything else. Unfortunately, for a lot of us, this is not true. We have all of those previously mentioned activities and tasks ahead of God in our worship. Maybe the biggest issue of our deficiency in worshipping God is the fact that we don’t know how to approach Him. Not only that, but we don’t quite understand where we fit relationally to Him. In understanding our relationship with Him, we figure out why He deserves our worship in the first place. So where do we fit and how should we approach God in worship? We will break down some scripture that addresses why God deserves our worship in hopes that we are no longer deficient in our worship to Him.

In Isaiah 6:1-7, we notice Isaiah’s reaction to God here. Isaiah realizes God is holy repeatedly and huge beyond what he can imagine. Us in comparison to God is ridiculous. He created galaxies and solar systems and we happen to be a tiny drop in one of these millions of heavenly clusters He has formed. When Isaiah is in God’s presence, he is ruined because of how holy, pure, great, mighty, and astonishing this presence is. He feels he messed everything up, yet this all-powerful and infinite being cares so much about him as an individual that He forgives and cleanses Isaiah’s sins. What a God! What a Father and Redeemer He is!

In Ezekiel 1:26-28, Ezekiel has a similar experience with God in a vision as Isaiah did. In his experience, he is barely hanging on to survive and bear the radiance and brilliance of the Lord. Think of the brightest and most piercing, dazzling lights to the point where you cannot handle it!

Sometimes we read, speak, pray, or sing about the power of God. After seeing it from the perspective of prophets like Isaiah and Ezekiel, the God we normally encounter in our prayers and worship seems drastically different from the descriptions above. Can we enter into an experience with God understanding that He is not a cartoon character on our shoulder giving good advice or bad looks when we do wrong? He is the most intense and powerful being we’ll ever encounter!

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 helps us focus on the idea of how to approach God. It reads, “Guard your steps and focus on what you are doing as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the [careless or irreverent] sacrifice of fools; for they are too ignorant to know they are doing evil. Do not be hasty with your mouth [speaking careless words or vows] or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter before God. For God is in heaven and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.” God doesn’t need us! He is so big, powerful, knowledgeable, good, holy, and righteous that He could go on without us. When we see who God is (especially in comparison to us), we might want to tip-toe around (or take off our shoes when we go in the house).

Even though God is high and mighty, He still includes us because He longs for intimacy and a relationship with us. He is so worthy of our worship as described in Psalm 118. “O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness endures forever.” “Oh let those who [reverently] fear the LORD, say, “His lovingkindness endures forever.” “I will give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; And You have become my salvation [my Rescuer, my Savior].” Imagine our lives without God. What good things do we have in our lives now that would be gone if it weren’t for Him? He is a good God that wants to give the best to His children, iniquities and all. When we fall short or don’t make the best choice, He is there to pick us back up. He is the one who listens, who is with you every step of the way, and is our savior.

Finally, in Luke 7:36-50, a prostitute enters Simon the Pharisee’s home as Jesus dines with them. She is weeping at His feet and wetting His feet with her tears and uses the perfume in her alabaster box to anoint Him and kiss His feet. Jesus tells a parable about two that owed a debt. One owed significantly less than the other. The person forgave both amounts of debt. Jesus asked the Pharisees who loved the man more. They concluded the one with the greater debt loved him more. So the same is with the Kingdom of God. We love more when our debts are greater and it’s all forgiven. If we feel we are in little or no debt, we are not as grateful or in love with our Savior as those who owe much. We know we’re not perfect, like the sinful woman. We may be to a greater or lesser degree, but sinful all the same. Let us share in her worship of our Lord, for she knows she doesn’t deserve being washed clean and forgiven. To Jesus, her heart is what truly matters. She has the heart of a true worshipper and enters into this encounter with God with the highest reverence. She understands what truly matters and that’s Jesus!

We often don’t take into account when we begin to communicate to God who He is in relation to us. Oftentimes we look like those Pharisees that see themselves as pretty good people in no need of fixing any major issues. In other ways we overlook being reverent in the presence of a perfectly holy being. Let it be evident from Isaiah and Ezekiel’s accounts, God is worthy and deserving of our praise and worship for who He is and what He’s done. It takes reminding us of how lost and hopeless we would be without God to realize how good He truly is. I ask you this week to truly think about the reasons God deserves your worship. Begin with your approach to an awesome, powerful being and establishing an atmosphere of reverence. Next, understand that He’s our Father and wants a relationship with you. Lastly, think about how gracious and merciful He is to us. Without this aspect of God, we would be condemned and hopeless with no way to experience true love and compassion.

With God’s exceptional love,

Michael L. Nelson