THE IMPORTANCE OF WORSHIP
by Wayne S. Walker
“O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker” (Psalm 95:6). Worshipping God has always been and important aspect of the lives of those who love God. The very first thing that we learn about Cain and Abel is that they offered sacrifices to God. The very first thing that Noah did when he came out of the Ark was to build an altar to the Lord. The very first thing that Abraham did in every place was to build an altar to God. The very first thing that the Israelites did when they crossed the Red Sea on dry ground was to sing praise to the Lord.
Worship should also be important in the lives of Christians today. We are to worship the Lord our God (Matthew 4:10). We must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). The early church assembled often for worship, and especially on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). Therefore, when the church assembles for worship, we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is but exhort one another as we see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:25). When we thus come together, we can “offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).
However, worship is not limited to the assemblies of the church. Prayer is an act of worship. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Singing praise to God is an act of worship. “…Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms” (James 5:13). We do not need to be gathered with the church in a worship assembly to pray and sing. We can pray and sing as families in our homes and/or as individuals on our own–at any time. There is even a sense in which our entire lives are to be offered as sacrifices in worship to God (Romans 12:1). Therefore, at every opportunity, “Let us worship.”