“Submit and Worship!”
The Rev. Lou Tiscione, Pastor of Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
God made every one for worship. This is the truth in plain language. Yet, God not only made man to worship, but to worship Him alone. Because of this truth, men and woman will worship someone or something. To worship is to bow down to and serve the object of worship. But the object of true worship is God who revealed Himself fully in Jesus Christ, His only Son. We were all made to bow down and serve the Living God.
The problem in applying this truth is sin. We have all inherited the sin of Adam. Every single human being is born spiritually dead in sin. In the Sixteenth Century, John Calvin wrote concerning worship and the state of man after the Fall of Adam. He wrote, “Every man makes a god of himself, and virtually worships himself.” (Taken from Calvin’s teaching on the Psalms, Ps. IV; 132) God must raise a sinner from spiritual death for him to see the object of true worship.
The church in the Old Testament was commanded by God to “keep holy the Sabbath Day.” The “Sabbath Day” was changed by the Apostolic Church to the First Day, Sunday in light of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Church refers to each Sunday as the Lord’s Day. Each Lord’s Day is a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each Lord’s Day is given over to the worship of the Triune God.
The Christian Sabbath is set apart to the Lord for Christians to gather to worship God in the way He has commanded. We praise Him; we pray to Him; we read His word; we hear His word expounded; we celebrate the two Sacraments; we give of our tithes and offerings. All of these are called the elements of biblical worship.
Since God made man to worship Him, it is not optional for a Christian. Worship is not something that we design in accordance with our feelings or imaginations. Christian Worship is not designed to attract people. Worship on the Lords’ Day is not part of a list of things to do of which one item may take priority over it. True worship is the principal outpouring of a heart and, in the case of Corporate Worship, hearts that have been changed by God. In other words, Christian Worship is the offering to God of oneself as a living sacrifice in response to the saving grace of God, Romans 11:33-12:2. Worship expresses love for God, Deuteronomy 6:5.
Christians, those made “new creations” don’t go to church. Christians are the church. The visible church, the one we see, is defined as those who profess faith in Jesus Christ and their children. As such, those who genuinely confess Christ necessarily gather to worship the Risen Lord with their fellow believers on the Lord’s Day.
Indeed, God made every one for worship. Men and woman will worship someone or something. The question is, “Do you know the One to whom all worship is due?”
The worship manual of the Old Testament Church and the New Testament Church, the book of Psalms answers this question. Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”’ God places in each believer a desire to gather with God’s people to declare His praises and to hear Him speak both in the reading of Scripture and in the Proclamation of Scripture. As a result, believers are edified or if you choose to use this word, fed. A believer hears the call of God to worship as more than a duty. He hears God’s call as a joy. In worshiping God, the believer is moved from duty to devotion.
God has commanded worship. His people obey His command. They express their love for Him. Worship becomes the central part of a life of devotion to the Lord. And, finally, worship is necessary for a believer to grow up in Christ.
Along with Prayer, Service, Bible Study and the Sacraments, Corporate Worship is a means of God’s grace by which He matures each one of His children in Christ. God has made us to worship Him for His glory!
So many have placed a priority to worship God on Easter Sunday! Yet every Sunday is a celebration of the Risen Lord Jesus! Submit to God and worship Him. If you are in Christ, find a church that glorifies God in worship!