God Alone Is Worthy Of Worship
“You are worthy Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11
Everything created has a purpose. God’s will is His pleasure and we are created for His pleasure. To worship God continually is to recognize His worthiness and His ultimate purpose for our lives, to glorify Him. Every being in heaven and on earth and in all the eternity of eternities in space and time are created with one all-fulfilling purpose, to glorify God and to worship Him. That is where we ultimately find our greatest pleasure, pleasing God. Worship is the vehicle by which we realize that true creative function of our lives.
To worship God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is to know the ultimate fulfillment of all human energy and desire. Everything else we may enjoy at some level is at best an inadequate substitute because they cannot of themselves give or sustain life. When we worship we connect at some supernatural level with the eternal. We join with an on-going dynamic that attends the throne of God day and night (by earthly measure), an unceasing, resounding, cascade of worship. All glory, (that is magnificence, splendor, beauty, wonder, grandeur and brilliance), all honor (that is all reverence, respect, admiration, credit, tribute) and power (that is all authority, control, influence, supremacy, rule, command, strength, ability and right) belong to God and God alone. He alone is worthy.
To God be the glory great things He has done
So loved He the world that He gave us His son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And open the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord.
Let the earth hear His voice.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord.
Let the people rejoice.
O come to the Father through Jesus the son
And give Him the glory great things He has done.
(Fanny Crosby 1875: United Methodist Hymnal 1989)
In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Obadiah 1:1-21; Revelation 4:1-11; Psalm 132:1-18; Proverbs 29:24-25