“Who is God, and why do Christians worship Him?”
To some, it would seem that God is selfish and prideful for wanting and accepting the praise and worship of so many people. To put it bluntly, God would be selfish to want it if He wasn’t worthy of it. So, what we should really be asking is another question entirely:
Is He Worthy?
To answer that, let’s look at the oldest, most consistent, most historically accurate document in the world: The Bible
Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. Psalm 111:1-2
These verses indicate that the psalmist already believes God is worthy, but out of the overflow of his heart he is going to share with us the reasons why.
His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. Psalm 111:3
God upholds honor, glory, morality, and faithfulness. Faithfully.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. Psalm 111:4
He has left such clear markers of His handiwork on His creation (Genesis 1:1; Romans 1:25; Colossians 1:16-17) so that all people will see its beauty and desire to know their God. He is compassionate and gracious to us by showing us who He is through His creation.
He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. Psalm 111:5
The word fear is the deepest form of reverence and awe. Those who fear Him are the people who want to know Him as intimately as they are able. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says, “Man, shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” God satisfies our desire and hunger to know Him. Every man has it, deep in his soul; yet another marker of God the Creator.
“What happens to people when they lose God? It seems quite obvious that they get very busy trying to find something else to worship.”A. W. Tozer,
“Whatever Happened to Worship?”
He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. Psalm 111:6
He reveals Himself to us in power, in glory, and in the beauty of His creation. He has promised more than this world to His chosen people.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:3, 5, 10
The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness. Psalm 111:7-8
God thinks, speaks, and acts truth (verity), and executes justice based on truth. He establishes truth and it is sure; literally, it is permanent, true, certain, faithful, and secure. What He says will come to pass is as good as done.
He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. Psalm 111:9-10
He redeems us. He saves us out of our constant state of immorality and sin, but does so without compromising His truth, morality, and justice (more on God’s loving gift of redemption here). In His justice, we deserve death, but He provided a way for us to be saved. This reason alone is enough to praise Him for! He is holy and glorious, and we should be filled with awe at the very mention of His Name because of who He is and what His Name represents. In the Old Testament, the Israelites rarely spoke His Most Holy Name (YHWH) out loud for fear and awe over their unworthiness. Mankind would be wise to do the same. A wise man fears Him and obeys His commands because of who He is. He loves Him for it and can’t help but praise Him as long as he lives.
Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. Psalm 111:1
Is He worthy? Is He worthy of all our praise and honor and fear and awe? Yes. Yes, He is. Because of who He is, what He has done, and what He has done for us, we should love Him and praise Him in our individual live as well as in the church of Christ.
He is worthy.
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Revelation 5:12b-13