I choose Worship.
"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care (Psalm 95:6-7)."
The very purpose for our existence is worship. And if we want to accurately embrace that purpose, we need to use a precise definition. Some people believe that making a meal, cleaning the car, helping a neighbor are all acts of worship. And when those acts are the outgrowth of our love for God and are done to demonstrate that love, they are worshipful, but technically they are not worship. Worship is the act of ascribing worth directly to God.
Worshipful actions may do this indirectly, but when the Bible commands and commends worship as our highest expression, it is not talking about anything other than the direct, intentional, vertical outpouring of adoration. While that does not have to be set to music, it does have to be direct.
The word worship in the Old Testament means “to bow before.” It’s the picture of pressing your forehead to the ground in extreme humility and recognition of the infinite superiority of the one who is worshipped. That is our rightful place. The amazing thing is not that God invites our worship, it’s that He would care about what we as sinful people would say about Him.
It’s important to honor God and be constantly aware of His presence that’s in and around us. The more we recognize His Spirit and His presence and not just wait for Sunday morning to roll around, the more of an understanding we’ll have for true worship.
Expressing gratitude and praise to the Lord should never be routine. As you prepare for your next opportunity to worship the One who gave His life for you, consider your level of anticipation. Remember, He is our shepherd and we are His flock. He leads us to greener pastures and makes us lie down beside still waters. He watches over us and protects us. We choose to worship because He is worthy to be praised.
I am chosen by God and I choose worship. Lord, You alone are worthy of my highest worship. You are merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness. Thank You for who You are and what You have done in my life—for loving me, choosing me, saving me, making Your home in me, and bringing me safely home to You.