Who Are You Trying to Please in Worship?
The mentality of our worship makes all the difference as to whether our worship is acceptable or unacceptable to God. He did not create us to be served by Him. It’s the other way around. When you go to worship, is it for God or is it for any other purpose? The focus should not be upon those in the audience, but instead, toward God. Many people treat worship as though there must be something in it for them: if it is pleasing to the worshiper. Worship is not about us, or entertainment, but about God.
The mentality of New Testament Christians is very different from the worship we see in modern Christianity. Here are questions you should ask yourself to determine who you are seeking to please in “worship.”
1. How do you view God? Psalm 19:1 — the heavens declare the glory and handiwork of God. Where there is a design, there is a designer. It’s impossible otherwise. The amazing power of God is evident in the world. If you view God as less than the mighty Creator of the Universe, then your worship will be lacking.
2. How do you respond to God? The way you worship God should show your conviction in response to His love for you. When God sees your worship, does He see a grateful heart or does he see a body slumped over in the pew or a glazed-over stare. If the outside shows little evidence of how you revere God, what will the inside show that God also sees. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). We should have a measure of Godly fear (Proverb 9:10). Sin come about when we lose Godly fear. Ecclesiastes 12:13 — beyond fearing God and keeping His commandments, absolutely nothing else matters. When you worship, do you respond to God with fear and reverence when you worship (Romans 11:33, 1 Sam 2:2, Revelation 4:11)? Decide you will worship God in the way He desires for the rest of your life.
3. How do you prepare for God? We make a mistake when we compartmentalize worship in one part of life that is separate from all the rest. Not all of life is worship but neither is your faith determined by your worship attendance alone. God doesn’t want worship from those who have forgotten Him the rest of the week. In Amos 5:21–25 God made it clear that He did not want nor would accept the “worship” that the people offered because they were going through the motions but their lives were not lived for God. In Matthew 15:8, Jesus said the people honor Him with their lips but their hearts were far from Him. True worship is dependent to a great degree on how I live during the week. You can’t wear a cloak of righteousness during worship and take it off when you leave the building.
Live your life so that you are joyous and ready to go to worship on the first day of the week (Psalm 122:1). It is an amazing opportunity and blessing that takes us away from the cares of the world, helps us to get outside a focus on ourselves, reminds us of true priorities in life, and centers our focus on holiness instead of the profane and mundane.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.