What does worship do?

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Sorry, brief throwback to 90s Christian subculture. It was too hard to avoid the temptation.

It’s a strange thought to think that our worship does anything, but in reality, there’s a lot going on when God’s people bring Him praise. To be clear, I’m talking about specific worship acts here, whether done alone or in small groups – prayer, Scripture reading, song, meditation, fasting, and a whole list of other possibilities – rather than just the all-important “life worship” that should be our normal way of living.

First, what does worship do for God?
Well, I don’t know. Here’s the thing about God (which you already knew): He is completely self-sufficient in everything and doesn’t need our worship. We do see that God desires and takes pleasure in our worship, however. Even more than that, He requires worship that leads to good works and justice.¬†From what I can tell, God gives us the opportunity to worship Him more for our sake than for His (go ahead and start the arguing now!) Anyway, I’m sure entire books have been written on what worship does for God, but that’s probably for a different post.

Now, what does worship do for US?
There are two parts to this, I will only post the first part today, then the next part later. This first part is entirely stolen from Zach Neese from Gateway Church in Southlake, TX, but I think he’s on to something here, so I’m just going to go with it. I won’t go into detail on these, feel free to discuss any of them, or look up referenced Scripture for yourself.

  1. Praise positions us to enter the Promised Land – Number 14
  2. God shows up when we praise Him – Psalm 22:3
  3. Praise is a weapon of spiritual warfare that invites the warrior (Christ) to fight on our behalf – Psalm 8:2
  4. Praise aligns us with heaven – Revelation 4:11; 5:12-13; 15:3-4
  5. Praise is evangelistic – Psalm 40:3
  6. Praise is a teaching tool – Colossians 3:16

Next post I will expound on #6 specifically, since that really is the theme of this entire blog. I’m also sure there are many other things we can add to this list. But, just looking at these few things should be enough to get someone excited about spending time in intentional praise and worship to God!