Why do you worship?

I have wanted to write on worship for quite some time. This is not going to be a long article, but I just read something from Rick Warren that I wanted to share:

If you have ever said, “I didn’t get anything out of worship today,” you worshiped for the wrong reason. Worship isn’t for you. It’s for God.

You can read the whole article here (no longer available online). We live in a consumer drive society and unfortunately that deeply influences how we approach the Christian life. All the advertising say “It’s all about You!” and “Have it Your way!” but in worship we bow before God and admit that it is not about us. It’s about Him.

Here is one more quote from Rick Warren:

“The most common mistake Christians make in worship today is seeking an experience, rather than seeking God. They look for a feeling, and if it happens, they conclude that they have worshiped. Wrong. In fact, God often removes our feelings so we won’t depend on them. Seeking a feeling, even the feeling of closeness to Christ, is not worship.”

In the class I took last month from Bill Hull he shared a quote about worship. The story is that as a woman was leaving church she commented to a friend, “I didn’t really care for the worship today.” Her friend replied, “That’s alright, we weren’t worshiping you.”

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