Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.Psalm 96:1-2
For many of us, worship is what we are doing when we sing to God in church. Others would define worship as the entire church service. Still others would even go so far as to say we worship God by living our day-to-day lives in ways that honor Him. None of these answers would be wrong. In fact, together they make one fairly complete definition of worship. When we are actually worshiping, we probably don’t realize the implications of what we are doing, whom we are worshiping, or why we should be doing it in the first place.
The word “worship” is derived from the old English word weorthscripe, which refers to worthiness, or the acknowledgement of worth. So we basically worship God because He is worthy of our praise. We ascribe to Him adoration, exultation, admiration, gratitude, honor, reverence, and veneration. And He is worthy of this because He is our Creator, Provider, Savior, Comforter, High King, High Priest, and Lord.
Worship isn’t about us at all. It’s all about the object of our worship—Christ.
Next time you come before God in worship, think about why you are about to worship the God of the universe.