You may have heard me say it a lot – worship is not only just singing. In fact, singing is a very small percent of worship – we worship with our entire being and person. We are all created to be worshipers, therefore we all worship something – so what is it?
God created the world and created us to enjoy him and his creation that points back to him and his greatness. In Romans 1 he says that this is obvious – just walk outside or sit by the ocean or the Grand Canyon, or the mountains and it smacks you in the face – there is a Creator.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20, ESV)
Knowledge that there is a God and that he is eternally powerful and divine (not human) is “plain to” us in Creation. The Apostle Paul then uses stronger language and says that we are “without excuse!” We can’t say to God that “Oh, gee, I didn’t know you existed.” He made everything in such obvious complex beauty and structure it is obvious that he exists.
And so if it so obvious that he exists, it also should be a given that he is to be worshiped. C.J. Mahaney once said something to the effect that there are two categories- the created things and the Creator. By nature and design the created things worship the Creator.
We are part of the created things and therefore need to worship the one who created us, but this isn’t just singing songs – it’s devoting our whole lives in worship to God. He has provided a way for us to worship him fully in Jesus Christ. For as created things, we sin and that sin separates us from a 100% sinLESS God. This is a cosmic dilemma for we cannot fix this separation ourselves. God in his grace has provided a mediator for us in Jesus. Thru faith in Jesus and perseverance of a life dedicated to God we are restored and the separation repaired – this is the gospel. God’s Gospel. His design and creation to reconcile us to himself.
Paul also uses strong language that we are to “obey” this – calling it the obedience of faith in v5. The bad part is that if we do not obey, we’ll still be worshipers – however we’ll worship the created things, instead of the Creator (v25) – and when worship is directed at the wrong things – it all goes wrong. The list of sins that stem from this worship problem is astounding, and we see it everywhere today. Check out v26-32 for a commentary on much of what we see today.
No one will deny that this world is jacked up, that’s obvious too. But, God is working his plan to fix what sin has broken and restore his creation back to him. Let’s remember that creation itself screams out that God exists and the sin we see is an indication of a fundamental worship problem – and let’s all rightfully worship our Creator thru faith in Jesus.