How worship draws you closer to God
Worship is the ultimate need of your life for it brings you into a relationship with the Lord, “the Rock of our salvation” (Psa. 95:1).There are 4 things about worship that I want to briefly highlight from this psalm.
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; 7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice, 8 “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness, 9 where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did. 10 For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’” (Psalm 95:1-11 NIV).
Community. “Come let us bow down in worship” (v6). Worship heals the breaches that divide the human race. The more diverse the community you are in that worships God, the more you get an understanding of God and His inclusivity and respect for all individuals.
Truth. “Today, if only you would hear his voice” (v7).His voice is heard in numerous ways: reading the Bible, hearing an audible voice, speaking top us in a still small voice, popping words or Scriptures into our minds, dreams, getting pains in sympathy with someone else’s ailment (so you can pray for them and expect a healing), speaking through others or even when the Spirit witnesses to your spirit when a Bible verse jumps out at you.
Presence. “Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” (v6). The purpose of worship is to humbly and reverently come into His presence and majesty, to praise and magnify His holy name “with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song” (v2).
Rest. “enter my rest” (v11). This is the blessing that comes from worship. When you understand and believe the Gospel, worship will lead you into a deeper spiritual rest where you know that you are loved and accepted in the Beloved. There is no longer any insecurity and struggle to work for God’s approval. “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest” (Heb. 4:10-11 NIV).