Pursuing Worship, Pursuing God’s Presence
From Genesis to Revelation the Bible is a Book of Worship. In fact, it is the ultimate Book of Worship.
From the beginning of creation worship has been intricately associated with the work and presence of God.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Declare to Me, if you have and know understanding. Who determined the measures of the earth, if you know? Or who stretched the measuring line upon it? Upon what were the foundations of it fastened, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38:4-7 AMP
The morning stars and sons of God are references to angelic beings. As the world was being created worship was continually going on among the Heavenly beings. It is noteworthy that Solomon also established choirs of singers who sang day and night as the Temple was being built.
“And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of the Lord, after that the ark had rest. And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order.” 1 Chronicles 6:31-32
“And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their vestments with trumpets, and the Levite sons of Asaph with their cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the order of David king of Israel.” Ezra 3:10
You and I were created fundamentally and particularly to Worship God. It’s stamped on our spiritual DNA. All creation hungers for God and are unfulfilled in all things apart from Him. We were created to be in communion with God at all times and in all ways of life. In our original state of light we had no need of external clothing because we were clothed in the light of God. We were not naked nor were we, in Adam, vulnerable to the conditions or changes in weather patterns or temperature inversions, and there was no fear.
Since the fall we are no longer naturally given to worship. Our flawed, broken human nature lost its original sensitivity and natural inclination to direct our needs and desire toward God, leaving our human nature now to seek things that do not bring life. We desire to sin because we think it will satisfy the passions of our heart’s dark desires. And so they may, but the end of them is death for us.
But those of us who have been born again by the Spirit of God have a new heart and a new spirit that desires to please God in all things. In us resides the Holy Spirit who is the presence of God with us now and for all eternity to come. Our human frame and human nature can only be sustained and kept from sin by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. Our reborn nature longs to be united with God again. That is the force of the light in us. We desire to worship because we long for the presence of God to be manifested in and through us. We must pursue worship so that we can enter the presence of God. But our flesh, human nature wars against our spirit in this until we renew our minds.
In the same way that we know our bodies are better nourished and indeed must have good nutritional food to survive and thrive, we are still more often than not drawn to foods that are filled with things that our bodies cannot use and that work against our health and leaving us depleted and drained of energy and life. In the worst cases we are actually psychologically averse to healthy foods because they don’t satisfy our altered taste buds that have been falsely trained to desire things that are pleasant to the palate but damaging to the body.
Likewise, we need worship of God for the good health of our body, soul and spirit. We may not naturally desire at first to worship with our minds, but as we submit ourselves to God in worship, we become strengthened in our spirit, and as our spirit becomes stronger it begins to have greater control of our minds to desire what is good for us, we become healthier, physically, mentally and spiritually, we gain a sense of greater purpose and fulfillment and we are more effective in both receiving from God and in ministry to others.
Worship is our ready, ever-present pathway to transformation and wellbeing as sons and daughters of light. The more we hunger and thirst for times of worship, the more we pursue opportunities to express our love and adoration of God, the more we give ourselves to passionate engagement in declaring the glory of God, the more we will know, believe and be empowered to live the life of Christ to the glory of God and the salvation of the world.
This is our calling, this is our commission, this is our summons and this is our created purpose to fulfill the plan of God. In this we will find our highest joy in Jesus Christ our Lord.