Why worship God and God alone, not man, or any created thing?
He is the Creator.
Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”
He is the Savior.
Revelation 5:9&12 “…You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood.” “…“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
There are no greater or more fundamental reasons for worship than the previous two facts. The provoking of the human spirit to worship that does not come back to these two seminal truths would be forever flawed. This is without controversy no matter what man would devise from the heights of his intelligence or the depths of his imagination.
God’s holiness and glory is unmatchable.
Worship is first and foremost about God and not man. Oh, how we lament this lost truth. There is only one to bow before (Acts 10:25,26) (Revelation 19:10). When God is foremost in worship, man receives his greatest blessing.
God alone is holy.
The bold, unapologetic proclamation that God is holy sets him uniquely apart from all others. There is no other that so encompasses holiness, yea he alone is to be worshipped. It is doubtful that any failure of our present culture is greater than it’s shallow concept of the holiness of God.
Isaiah 44:6-8 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, let them show these to them. Do not fear, nor be afraid; have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’” (see also Isaiah 6:1-3; Isaiah 57:15)
God indeed is glorious.
The overwhelming glory of God is expressed on every hand and cannot be escaped. His glory is a manifestation of His presence and His importance. It never ceases to proclaim his significance as the preeminent one even among the preeminent.
Isaiah 6:3, “And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory.” Psalms 24:7-10, “Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.” (see also Psalms 111; Revelation 5:13,14)
The Significance of Worship
Worship of the God of Heaven involves expressing our love, honor and reverence for our Creator and our Savior. Worship is ever a theme in the Word of God, whether we speak of the era before the flood, the days of the patriarchs, the time of Israel and the Law of Moses, or the days that now are guided by the authority of Christ and the New Testament. It should be unthinkable to say that on his own, man could determine the proper expressions of worship that would please God.
Jeremiah 10:23-24 “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. O Lord, correct me, but with justice; not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.”
The Bible clearly reveals the tragic outcome when the expressions of worship have been left to the devising of man’s heart. When this has happens, man in the end simply worships man. The Bible never indicates the pattern for worship can be found without consulting the word of God.
When does the church gather for worship?
The Christians under apostolic precedent gathered on the first day of the week to remember the Lord’s death.
Acts 20:7 “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”
Hebrews 10:25 “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
What are the expressions of worship?
The pages of the New Testament reveal that when the early church gathered they would express their love and honor for God in the following way.
The saints of God are ever prayerful, giving voice to their thanksgiving and supplication in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:42, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
1 TImothy 2:1-2, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
Ephesians 5:20, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The assembled lift their voices in praise to give due reverence and honor to God, while admonishing each other in joyful song.
Ephesians 5:19-20, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Teaching of the Scriptures for God’s glory and the edification of the assembled
When the church gathers, the word of God is taught by faithful men. The philosophies and traditions of men are futile to the saving and growth of the spirit of man.
2 Timothy 3:16,17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I Thessalonians 2:13, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”
2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Ephesians 4:15-16, “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
The Lord’s Supper
The assembled members gather on the first day of the week remembering the Lord’s death for our sins (Hebrews 9:26,28), as they partake of the Lord’s Supper.
I Corinthians 11:23-26, “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “ Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “ This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
1 Corinthians 10:16-17, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”
On the first day of the week, the assembled members contribute financially, expressing their faith and thanksgiving for the abundant hand of the Lord and to fellowship in the ministry of the saints.
I Corinthians 16:2, “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.”
II Corinthians 9:7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”