By Blogger Pastor Clay Ritter
Recently, at our church, we learned a powerful truth that I believe has the power to change our walk with Christ: the power of worship.
We learned that worship has power: power to bring refreshment, power to bring victory, and power to bring the kingdom!
But why is worship really important? What’s the big deal? Isn’t it just music?
Worship can involve music, but it is so much more. Worship is something that dates to eternity past that involved an angel who was called the “seal of perfection.”
His name was Lucifer.
“You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
— Ez 28:12-14
Ezekiel is describing an angelic being that radiated the splendor of God in all of his creative ability. This being was crafted to produce beauty: He was beautiful to look upon, and he was beautiful to listen to. This being was created to bring glory to the living God in the eternal realm.
But there was a problem – apparently Lucifer was so splendid, and so incredible, that he became completely enamored of himself, and decided that he should be the one receiving worship. This was a problem.
Isaiah 14 describes the fall of this supernatural being.
From this we learn that worship is holy, and it is set apart for God alone, because God alone is the only being worthy of our worship. Lucifer, who we now call Satan, is not worthy of our worship, yet he desires it more than anything else. That tells you something about the importance and value of worship. And it brings us back to our truth about what worship brings.
Worship Brings Refreshment
When we are engaged in worship of the true and living God, the result is refreshment.
“And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.” – 1 Sam 16:23
But it’s not refreshing because the music is nice, it is refreshing because God is enthroned on the praise of his people.
In other words, when we praise him, a spiritual reality is happening, we are enthroning God in our praise. As we enthrone God, God refreshes us – as rain refreshes the fields.
Worship Brings Victory
This is pretty simple to me. Satan desires to receive worship as God, but he isn’t God. When we worship the true God, it throws that reality right in Satan’s face! He can’t stand it. The enemies of God flee when God’s people worship Him. In military terms, when your enemy runs away, it’s called victory!
Worship Brings the Kingdom
As Christians we live with the promise of the future eternal kingdom of God in heaven, but there is a present sense of the kingdom of God that we should not miss: God working in and through us! When the Pharisee’s asked Jesus about the kingdom, He replied:
“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” — Luke 17:20-21
Saints, we should keep our eyes focused on the coming of our Lord.
But we also should walk in the power and freedom of the kingdom of God that is within us. Worship is something that recognizes that kingdom, embraces that kingdom, and manifests the power and presence of the living God in our lives right now – today!
Think about these truths the next time you come to worship the Lord.