I have been thinking a lot about worship lately and what makes up true worship. For some people it seems to involve a lot of music and seeking to be blessed by God. But do we come to worship to be blessed by God or to bless Him. I think that true worship involves us being the blessor instead of the blessee.
This, I believe, is supported by the Scriptures. For example, in the Book of Psalms we read about worshipping God in the fullness of His majesty, blessing the Lord and so on. Instead, many of us go to church seeking to receive rather than give.
Why is it so important that we come to worship seeking to bless God. The reason is simple. Because it gives Him pleasure that we do so. God enjoys receiving our praise. But not only does God enjoy our praise, He demands it.
Does this mean that He is some kind of ego maniac who cannot live without our praise?
No it does not.
Rather God demands our praise because He knows that it is what we need to find true fulfilment and satisfaction. We are creatures born to worship God so the next time you go to church seek to bless and give rather than receive.
One last thing. I recently learned that there is a difference between praise and worship. According to A. W. Tozer praise is thanking Him for what He does. Worship is adoring Him for who He is. A sutle difference between them but an one to make. What do you think?