(4th article in the God’s End Time Army Series)
God is just about to pour out His wrath on the world. Before He does, He gives a final warning through His end time army. The warning is:
“FEAR GOD and GIVE HIM GLORY, because the hour of his judgment has come. WORSHIP HIM who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
In previous articles I’ve discussed what it means to fear God and give Him glory. In this article I’ll discuss why God is worthy of our WORSHIP.
God is Our Creator
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Since God is our creator, it’s imperative to remember who we are. Does the POT question the POTTER?
“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’?
Proper relationship requires proper perspective. We give God respect when we acknowledge WHO He is. HE is the creator. WE are the created.
God is Engaging
Not only did God create us, but He created us with a purpose. He gave us dominion over the earth.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have DOMINION over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
God isn’t someone who just wants to “Lord” it over us. He created us in His image with a free will so that He could have a RELATIONSHIP with us.
Man broke that relationship by sinning against his Creator (Genesis 2:16-17). As a result, sin was passed down to every generation (Romans 5:12).
Because of sin, man’s spirit died and he lost control of the earth (Genesis 2:16-17). To understand man’s condition after sin, read my article, Do You Give God Glory?
God is Kind
God is kind. Even though man's spirit died through sin, God had a plan to restore him to life.
For the wages of sin is DEATH; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God’s plan was to come to earth in the form of a man and PAY for man’s sin (1 John 2:2).
In doing so, He would abolish death and make a sinless nature available to man by faith (2 Timothy 1:10). In this way, man could could overcome death as well (Galatians 2:20).
Man can receive this new nature by REPENTING of his sins and BELIEVING in the work of Christ (John 6:29).
Here is the story of God coming to earth:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Is God Worthy of Our Worship?
Let me ask you, in light of WHO God is and all he has done for us, is He worthy of our WORSHIP?
Of course He is!
But how do you go about worshiping Him?
Worship always speaks DIRECTLY to God. You can do it in the form or prayer or song. Worship is telling God how you feel about Him— how thankful you are about what He has done for you.
Listen to this song by Chris Tomlin and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about.
Glory in the Highest — Chris Tomlin
Did you notice the “direction” of the song? Chris is singing words DIRECTLY TO God in the 1st person. He isn’t singing ABOUT God in the 3rd person. This is an important distinction. If we are worshiping God in song, why would we want to talk to Him in the 3rd person?
Many songs of this nature can be found on YouTube by such artists as Chris Tomlin, Jaci Velasquez and Phillips, Craig and Dean (the Heart of Worship) and others. Do a word search for “Worship Songs” and see if you can find more.
Here are two more examples.
Adore — Jaci Velasquez
The Heart of Worship — Phillips, Craig and Dean
Songs that sing ABOUT God have a purpose too. These songs are instructional. They can reinforce Biblical doctrine or Christ-like behavior. But for worship, I’d stick to 1st person songs sung directly to God.
God wants us to warn the world that he is coming soon. When He comes He will judge the world. God doesn’t want anyone to perish. He wants the world to come to repentance.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
How about you? Do you know Him? Do you fear Him, give Him glory and worship Him? Learn more about how you can in, THE SALVATION SERIES, located in the archives to the right.