The God We Worship

J. D. Conley
June 30, 2013

God is the object of our worship. "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear" (Heb.12:28). God seeks sincere, spiritual worshippers. "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him" (Jn.4:23). Worship is a profound privilege. It should never be treated lightly. The tendency today in religious assemblies is to be increasingly formal, shallow and traditional. It is possible to be outwardly pious and inwardly unconcerned. We may fail to worship as Jesus tells us and miss the mark entirely.

Worship is related to God’s nature. God is infinite in greatness, goodness and holiness. He is our Heavenly Father, (Mt.6:9). He is the One in whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). He is the King eternal, immortal, invisible, (lTim.l:17). God is infinitely adorable and worshipful and every one needs grace to offer well pleasing worship to Him, (Heb. 12:28).

God is holy. This truth is affirmed over and over in the Scriptures, (Ps.99:5,9). The prophet Isaiah was overwhelmed with a sense of unworthiness when he became aware of God's holiness, (Is.6:2-3). Isaiah learned what many people today need to learn, "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place..." (Is.57:15). We are to be holy for God is holy. What does the word "holy" mean? It means "pure," "sacred," "dedicated," "free from defilement."

God is righteous. God is righteous in all His judgments. God is abundant in mercy and loving-kindness. God is able to do abundantly above all that we ask or think (Eph.3:20). God is faithful in all He has promised (Tit. 1:2).

God is love. The Bible expresses this fact. "God is love" (lJn.4:16). Worship ought to be a holy endeavor and an awe-inspiring privilege. Let us strive to worship Him properly.