Why worship God?
O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions-this great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great... These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good. You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth"
After making a habitation fit for living creatures, the Sovereign Lord proceeded to make living creatures.
"So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind... And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good." [Genesis 1:21,25.]
On the fifth and sixth days of creation, God made all the living creatures, including fish, birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals. When we speak of the animal kingdom, we marvel at the vast diversity of God's creation. Just the sheer number of species is astounding enough. The species we know are but a fraction of all species. Today, about 800,000 species have been identified, and some scientists believe that the number could well reach over 10 million if all were identified. These living creatures vary widely in size, color, shape, and behavior. It had taken centuries for humans just to arrive at the present classification of all animals.
Then on the sixth day He displayed the crowning glory of His Creative Genius – He made man in His own image (Gen. 1:27; 2:7). However, unlike the animals, man was given several unique characteristics – a mind, a soul, a conscience and a will of his own by which he can reason, choose, worship, and keep himself in tune with his Creator.
We shall look at a few reasons in the light of His revelation (Scripture) why we should worship our Creator :-
- Respect due to Him – Jeremiah 13:15-16;
- Trustworthy – Jeremiah 17:7,8;
- Everlasting love, mercies, faithfulness – Jeremiah 31:3, Lamentations 3:22-24;
- He is holy, right, wants people to be happy, doesn’t want anyone to be an orphan or alone, promotes justice – Isaiah 1:1-20;
- He is compassionate – Isa. 14:1;
- He is merciful, compassionate & just – Isa.30:18;
- He is Sovereign – Isa. 41:1-4, 66:1,2;
- Cares, concerned – Isaiah 44:1-7;
- Carries His people – 46:3,4;
- Forgives His people – 51:20;
- Covenant & devotion are irrevocable – Isa. 54:10.
In Hebrews 1:1-4, we find God speaking to us today through His Son. Just think of it. More than 2000 years ago, the Creator laid aside His glory, left the timeless realm and entered the realm of time clothed in humanity and humility so that His creatures who had lost sight of Him may see Him with physical eyes. Even though He veiled His divinity in the garb of flesh, He never ceased to be divine as evidenced from the extraordinary things that He did – like raising the dead to life, restoring sight to the blind, healing the terminally sick people, making the lame to walk, walking on water etc. He walked on this earth so that His creation - made in His nature - may see Him, i.e., His nature, and learn from Him (Matthew 11:29), may learn what his Creator requires of him. By His dealings with man through thought (Scripture), word (teachings) and deed (His activity), He was teaching man how he ought to be and continues to do so even now and will continue to do so till time ends. Just think about it. The Apostle Peter says how the Sovereign Lord bestowed His magnificent & precious promises on His people - 2 Peter 1:3,4.
Isn’t He worthy of our worship?
Paul always marveled at the mystery of the Godhead (see Ephesians 3). The divine mystery was revealed to the apostle Paul through divine revelation. He spells out the mystery in verse 6. Through the teaching of the gospel, i.e. through Christ Jesus, “the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.”
Our God is the most ingenious and resourceful designer. Like a skillful artisan, He designed and made each creature after its own kind. He also blessed them to be fruitful and multiply. By His loving care, He sustains all creatures with His Spirit. This is the God we worship and trust. With His manifold wisdom, no problem in our lives is ever too difficult for Him. The Lord Jesus reminds us that our Heavenly Father even feeds the birds in the air and watches over the sparrows (Mt 6:26, Lk 12:6-7). How much more will He provide for and protect us, His beloved children! Let us stop carrying our own burdens and learn to depend on our all-wise and ever-loving Creator.
One of the differences between animals and people is that we worry and they don't. How can you become carefree in your life but still make good use of the mind and intelligence God has given to you? By trusting Him. He will keep His promises. He asks us to cast all our anxieties on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
"Our Lord and Creator, you have shown us your wisdom, power, and love through your creation. Teach us to always lean on you and not trust in our own limited resources. Thank you for blessing us so abundantly. In Jesus' name, Amen."