The Purpose of Praise and Worship
There is a purpose for all God does. Likewise, there is a purpose for our praise and worship of God. We must approach God in worship with specific purposes in mind. In the previous two teachings we saw how to worship God and the preparation of praise. Here we will see the express purpose in our praise and worship. Below I will set forth four specific purposes of praise and worship.
Praise and worship is the expression of God’s worth to us. Praise and worship is the measuring rod of His worth is our site. Show me one who is actively involved in worship and I will show you someone who has a high estimation of God. Likewise, one who doesn’t express God’s worth to them through worship is one who has a low estimation of God. Praise and worship is the means of expressing His worth to us. If we really have a high estimation of God, we will show it through our worship and surrender to Him. How much do we really love the Lord? How highly do we esteem Him? If we do love and highly esteem Him, we must show it through our praise and worship, surrender and obedience (John 14:21-24 and Romans 12:1).
Praise and worship is the purpose for which we were created. In our first peek into the heavenly scene in Revelation, we see twenty four elders (representing old and new testament saints) worshiping. In their worship they say, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11 KJV). Someone may say, what is my purpose? Our purpose is to bring Him pleasure. One of the greatest ways to pleasure God is through praise and worship. Read all of Revelation 4:8-11; 5:9-11; 7:9-12; 19:1-8 for a picture of worship in eternity. We are in on the job training for eternity. Praise and worship will be one of the primary activities in heaven. If we feel out of place worshiping here, what will we feel like in eternity?
Praise and worship is the means of entering God’s presence. “Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:1-4 NKJV). Notice, “Come before His presence with singing” and “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.”
Jesus promised He would always be with us (Hebrews 13:5); that His presence would be with us when we gather in His name (Matthew 18:20); and here we are promised that we enter the presence of God, in a very special way, when we are worshiping and praising Him. You can since the presence of God in a very powerful way as you are worshiping. I have always been able to tell an express difference when I am putting all I have into my worship experience as opposed to when I am not. We enter the court room of heaven (the presence of God) through praise and worship.
When Moses left God’s presence his face was glowing (Exodus 34); As Solomon worshiped the Lord, the cloud of the glory of God so filled the temple that the priest could no longer stand to minister (1 Kings 8:11; 2 Chronicles 5:6; 7:1-4). What might it be like when we worship Him with all our might? How will we be affected by His presence? Every experience in God’s presence may be somewhat different. One thing I am assured of is that in His “presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 NKJV).
Praise and worship is the the avenue through which God is ministered to. It was said of the church at Antioch, “While they were ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2 NASB). We always talk of ministering to others and of God ministering to us, but God has a need to be ministered to as well, “for the Father is seeking such to worship Him” (John 4:23 NKJV). Praise and worship is an expressed way for us to minister to the Lord. We normally don’t think of God as having needs, but He needs our worship. The only way His need will ever be met is through you and me – our worship of Him.
Let’s fulfill our purpose in life by praising and worshiping with all of our heart.