Worshipping God is one of the greatest connective activities any Christian can embrace. It joins us to God and our brethren. Proper worship transcends this life and is gives a taste of the afterlife. That we will worship God in heaven is one of the few specific details about which we are certain of the next life.
As lofty as worship is, though, many are failing in some key details. While man is not at liberty to decide how to worship God, most worshippers are too happy to direct their own steps and hope for the best. Cain, Nadab and Abihu, and ex-king Saul stand as examples that this is something not to do. Since God is the object of our worship it is He Who decides how that worship is to be conducted. Jesus famously taught that worship must be offered in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
Jesus also speaks of true worshippers (John 4:23), and this is not-too-subtle way of letting us know that not all who worship do so properly in God’s sight. God requires more than just sincerity and joy in worship. He wants His rules followed (see 1 Samuel 15:22). In the word “worship,” we are depicted as those who kiss God’s hand and please Him with our submissiveness. But when the focus shifts from what God wants to what we like (or want), God is no longer the focus of our worship, and we are no longer in submission.
Faithful brethren and churches love true worship. This love comes from knowing that it pleases God. Unlock a more meaningful relationship with God and godly people by making proper, biblical worship and regular part of your life. -Dustin