Our English word “worship” is often translated from two words meaning “toward” and “kiss” (or “kiss toward”). In certain cultures, it was a common practice to prostate oneself before another and kiss his feet, the hem of his garment, or the ground. This was especially done by the Persians to express reverence toward their deified kings or by the Greeks to honor their idols.
Our common English word “worship” has its origin in an old English word meaning “worth-ship.” This indicates the worth, or value, of the one being worshipped. God is worthy, or deserving, of our worship because of who he is and what he has done.
As Peter was coming into Cornelius’ house, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. Peter then responded, “Stand up; I myself am also a man” (Acts 10:25-26). God, in comparison, desires that we worship him (John 4:23). Why the difference? What do we worship God, and not man?
First, we worship God because he is our creator. Where did we come from? How did we get here? Yet the answer is very simple – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Later, in that same chapter we read – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:26-27). It only makes sense that the creation worships the creator.
Second, we worship God because he is our provider. Every physical blessing that we enjoy comes to us from God. James wrote, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). God has not only blessed us physically but, more importantly, he has provided us with every spiritual blessing. Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3). God is truly the fount of very blessing!
Third, we worship God because he is our savior. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). God loves us so much he was willing to gave his sin as the only sacrifice that could remove sin from our lives (John 3:16). Those in the church have been purchased, or bought back from their bondage of sin, with nothing less than the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28).
God is seeking those who will worship him. Are you seeking opportunities to worship God?
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