From the Pulpit: Why worship? Because it’s all about love.

August 5, 2018

Pastor Ilene Blanche, who founded the International House of Prayer

I was talking to a friend one day, a long time ago. She was asking me, “Why would a God want you to worship him? Isn’t that rather vain?”

Her questions were a bit stunning since I had never even considered such a thing. Worshipping God had always just come naturally to me.

When I explained to her it was all about love, she had a better picture of what worship was all about.

Because God so loved us, we now wonderfully love Him and in our times of worship we are expressing our hearts of love to Him.

Worshipping God creates an atmosphere for Heaven to invade earth. As our songs arise, the Spirit of God fills the room and we connect as Father and child.

Nothing can compare with the love of God. Christianity is all about a love relationship with our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ.

When we turn our hearts, thoughts, and voices towards Him, He always meets us by his Holy Spirit.

That is why we feel so much better when we leave church. When we worship, the house fills with the presence of God and our burdens are relieved.

For a moment in time, as we connect with God, the cares of this world go away. It is a time of rest. It is a Sabbath day. Faith arises in our hearts. The world seems like a better place.

So, we must never think that our worship is in vain. Something quite miraculous always happens when the Spirit of the Lord moves in, and He does when we worship.

Now there are so many examples in the Bible showing us what happened to the early believers when they gathered to worship and pray.

This is one of my favorites! When Solomon completed the work on the Temple, he summoned the whole city to gather for the dedication.

II Chronicles 5:12-14:

“All the Levites who were musicians and their sons and relatives dressed in fine linen. They played their cymbals, harps, and lyres. One hundred and twenty priests sounding trumpets accompanied them.

The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord.

Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised voices in praise to the Lord and sang:

‘He is Good; His love endures forever.’

Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud. The Priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the Glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.”

Wow! I am in. I will worship with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul and all my strength.

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