In The Beginning…Worship

silhouette of man standing in a field at sunset By Justin Gray

 

I remember when the truth of the Gospel dawned upon my heart. I remember the feeling of God’s light breaking in and Satan’s darkness shrinking back. There was this deep sense of sacred astonishment that I was indeed a sinner and that Jesus lived holy, died sacrificially, and was resurrected powerfully for me. I placed my faith in Him and not in myself. And in this moment I was born again.

Suddenly, there was this new compulsion that I should do something in response to this great God who had revealed himself. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was the call to worship. It was the magnetization of my total being to God. A new activity borne of the spiritual intuition that God had made me for Himself.

I wonder what it was like for the first man and woman the moment they realized that they had been made? How shocking the thought that they did not exist until God formed them. No parents who dated, or courted — no wedding. No busyness, nor worry before they were fashioned. Only God and His good pleasure. Mankind standing bare before the creator of the cosmos knowing that He wanted them enough to make them. A thought too wonderful to comprehend and so awesome that my hands tremble even as I type.

Just as the first man and woman had to consider the unfathomable privilege of being created by God just for Him, each believer must relish in the new creation of being born again. And in light of this holy act, they must understand the very reason we were created — to worship. To respond to God because of His glorious creative work.

Before a person ever wrote or spoke, before church and culture, before technology and education there was God — and mankind which he lovingly created in His image. I believe that it does our hearts good to think about worship in a way that is free from the mediums that we employ. In doing so, we alleviate the pressure of performance and rest in the simplicity that we have been made for God to give something to us, not because he needs something from us.

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Genesis 2:7)

Reflection

Read and meditate on Genesis 1 and 2.

In what ways do you see the simplicity of worship in God’s creative work?