Why We Worship…

Psalm 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. You may be wondering why I would choose this verse in the King James Version. We really don’t speak like this anymore but I truly think the word “inhabitest” is necessary to understand the full meaning of this verse.

The Greek word for “inhabitest” is that he dwells in the praises of His people. He sits down, abides and sets up His home in our praises. To understand the value of worship we need to understand how heaven responds when we praise Him. He literally dwells with us. It is an appointment with the Lord where we come and live with Him. We occupy the same space.

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Presence means “in the face of”. When we come to worship Him and we are dwelling with Him we are face to face occupying the same space and in this moment we are filled with joy, pleasures, direction and revelation.

So why do we worship? As we partner with Him in worship, singing, reverencing, dancing, clapping, lifting our hands, shouting, playing instruments, we are inviting Him to live with us and we encounter Him face to face. In these moments we are changed, we receive joy, pleasures, revelation and fullness which allow us to live from a new place of hope and identity.

I guess the real question is Why Wouldn’t We Worship?