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Worship of God is our Primary Purpose

12/08/2014

Some might balk at the idea that our primary purpose in life is to worship God. So did I, at Our primary purpose? I found that a bit disconcerting. However, once I really understand God and his creation, I found great joy and peace in my role as worshiper. I also realized that in thanking, praising, and worshiping God, my life was blessed in return.

Is God worthy of our praise, our worship, and thanks? Let’s take a look at God a bit closer.

In the Old Testament we see God revealing his character, his nature, his mercy, love, and justice through the prophet’s words and miracles.

We see dead raised to life (1 Kings 17).

We see people healed, (2 Kings 5).

We see nature controlled when the water was moved (Exodus 14 and Joshua 3).

We see nature controlled when the sun stood still (Joshua 10:13).

We see the creation of a perfect world, where all is in balance and beautiful (Gen 1:31-2:1).

We see the power of God displayed (1 Kings 18:16-39).

We see God show up when there is true worship (Exodus 34:8-10, & when the first “house of worship” was finished – Exodus 40:34-38.) (Then when Ruth declared her allegiance to the God of Naomi – Ruth 1:16-17. Check out Ruth 4:13-17 as well).

If all this is not enough to bring us spiritually to our knees, then we may have hearts of stone.

But God did not give us the option of tossing out all his Old Testament miracles. No, God gave us Jesus, the final attempt to pierce the hard shield of doubt and disbelief.

Hebrews starts with these words, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” (Heb 1:1-3a)

God spoke through the prophets, but came in full life in Jesus. God so loved the world that he gave us Jesus, God in the flesh.

In Jesus we see God’s glory first hand as he heals many, lepers, blind men, the bleeding woman, a man’s hand, the lame, and many with illnesses (John 4:43-53, 5:1-15, 9:1-33, Matthew 8:14-17, 9:20-22).

In Jesus we see God bring 3 people back from the dead (John 11:38-43, Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 7:11-16).

In Jesus we see God make nature obey him, when he calmed the storm, and walked on water, and multiplied food to feed thousands (Matthew 8:23-27, 14:13-21, 14:22-33).

In Jesus we see God turn water into wine (John 2:1-11).

Through the miracles of God in the Old Testament and the miracles of Jesus in the New Testament, we can see Jesus is God in the flesh. It is the mystery of the holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, all three in one God. Holy, holy, holy, almighty God, you are worthy of our worship and praise.

Do you worship, praise, and thank God each day? Do you make the worship, thanks, and praise of God a priority in your life?

For one week, start each day with one minute or more thanking God, praising God, and worshiping God. Then watch for the difference it makes in your day, each day.

M.

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