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Is worship really important? I mean, seriously? Don’t you feel like it is just a preface to the important part of the service: the sermon? Like it’s just to get peoples’ attention, create a mood, or, to give people few extra minutes to find their seats?
Worship is the acknowledgment of God being supreme and me just being His creation
The second commandment speaks about not worshiping other gods. Can we logically assume that it means to worship only the true God, and never any other gods, or anything else? Most of the commandments have “don’t” language, but the Bible, especially the New Testament, is full of rebukes for not doing or not helping, for instance: the Good Samaritan, parables about talents and minas. There are also direct statements in the Bible like “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” James 4:17. So, it has never been only about not worshiping other gods, but about worshiping the true God. Side note: a commandment is not about how we feel, but about being obedient.
Worship reminds us on our dependency on Him
People have worshiped rulers and gods by kneeling, praising and brining sacrifices because they were acknowledging, “you are bigger than me and my well-being and maybe even my life is in your hands.” By removing daily praise and worship from our life we eliminate this daily reminder, that we are just humans and not God.
Everybody worships…of something
The very nature of man makes him feel the need to worship someone or something. If we are not worshiping God we will worship idols, ideas, people, money, fame, or ourselves. Romans 1:21-25 shows the cause and consequences: first there is an absence of worship to God, than there is the worship of other things, and the result is perverted minds and desires.
Is worship just songs and prayers or your whole life?
Of course, worship is our whole dedicated life and our deeds. “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1 But, we shouldn’t undermine the importance of our lips acknowledging lordship and giving glory to the Lord. “… if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” Romans 10:9. Same principle applies here, we not only believe that He is Lord, but we proclaim this fact both in our inner rooms and publicly, by sharing the Gospel, singing songs and praising Him in our prayers.
Worship is an expression of love
The whole teaching of the Bible can be summarized in this commandment: love your God and your neighbor. Love is something that starts in our hearts and minds, but always expresses itself in our deeds and on our lips. There is no way that we can love another person and never express that love, likewise there is no way that we can love God and don’t to praise Him