To understand the answer to this question, we must first define worship. Worship means to honor or praise. God is the one perfect Being in the entire universe, completely worthy of worship. Thus He requests, seeks, and demands that His created beings honor Him. Further, we are taught to worship no other god or idol. Exodus 34:14 clearly states, "for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." Deuteronomy 12:31 adds that those who follow the Lord must worship according to His ways, not the ways of those who worship other gods: "You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way."
We are clearly commanded to worship God. Psalm 95:6 proclaims, "Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!" First Chronicles 16:29 states, "Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness." John 4:23-24 notes, "the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." Romans 12:1 instructs, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Worship is more than singing; it is a life posture of honoring God through obedience and acknowledgment of His worth. Worship is not an option; it is a command. Even in the last days, Revelation 15:4 teaches that all will worship the Lord: "Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed."
Why does God expect worship from people? He is the Creator of all things, including every person (Genesis 1). In addition, God is the sustainer of all life: "And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17). Further, God has provided a way for salvation through Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). Plus, God is the only true God (John 17:3). There is no other god, person, or created thing that should receive allegiance in the place of the Lord. He is our Creator, Sustainer, and salvation. God deserves our worship, and we are wise to entrust our lives and our worship to Him.
Worship is desired and demanded by the Lord. Especially for believers in Jesus Christ, worship is the expected way of life. The perfect God who has saved believers from their sins is completely worthy of all worship, both in this life and for all eternity.
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