“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).
Without doubt worship is the highest service a man could render to God. In fact Jesus said, “God is seeking for true worshipers” (John 4:23). Of course, He was quick to qualify those worshipers that God seeks: those that “worship God in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23). God is so pleased when one becomes a worshiper that He listens to his prayers (John 9:31).
Why does God put value on man’s worship to Him? What is in worship to God that it constitutes man highest service to Him? The book of Psalms is a book of praise and worship to God. Here the Psalmist pours out his soul and spirit in worship to God. Psalm 103:1-3 is typical of this book; “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine inquities, who healeth all thy diseases.”
Of course those that have experience God’s abundant goodness and mercies cannot help but worship God.
Again what makes worship to God so pleasing and honorable to Him? Worship is an open acknowledgment and declaration of what God is to the worshiper. Notice first on Psalm 95 (which is the psalm of worship), it points who the Lord is to us: the rock of salvation. It means the Lord is my Savior. Therefore, the “saved one” worship their Savior. In fact, only the saved can truly worship God. For true worship is worshiping God in spirit and truth. We know that the unsaved is dead in the spirit (Ephesians 2:1). His spirit cannot respond to God (Romans 8:16). He must b born again, be born ‘in the spirit’ to be able to worship God.
Secondly, the worshiper extols the greatness of God. He is King above all gods. All other gods are man-made. They do not exist. They are dead and impotent. Unlike our God who is fearful in strength and power. Did He not create the deep places of the earth? The hills and the seas and the dry land are the handy work of His hands. When we worship Him we declare His majestic power. No wonder in worship we are commanded to humbly bow down, to kneel before with contrite spirit before the great powerful God. But this awareness of the unlimited power God is not an impersonal awareness to the worshiper. Because worship is acknowledgment “that the Lord is my Maker.” We are bowing before the One who loved us so much. “He created us in His image and likeness.” Therefore the worshiper bows and kneel before God with shivering fear but with joy of child before a loving father.
Lastly, the worshiper acknowledges that God is his Shepherd. Notice the word s of the Psalmist: “For He is our God, and the sheep of His hand.”
How joyful and intimate is the worshiper’s experience with God when he worships. Peace and assurance floods his soul. He knows that the shepherd will provide and protect him in his earthly pilgrimage.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of Lord forever.”
Wherever the church gathers to worship the Lord, he is counting His sheep. He is looking for each one of us. As the shepherd knows the sheep by name so is the Lord to us. Did the Lord count us in last Sunday?