The WHY of Worship
Differences of opinion on worship style or the HOW of worship could be greatly minimized if we adjusted our focus as to the WHY of worship! Sometimes we tend to forget to keep the main thing the main thing!
Psalm 150:2 puts it this way, “Praise Him for HIS mighty deeds; praise HIM according to HIS excellent greatness”. Notice the emphasis on the Heavenly Father….we praise HIM for both His ACTIVITY among His people, and for His ATTRIBUTES.
The Benson Commentary on the Old and New Testaments sheds an interesting perspective on the WHY of worship,“Not that our praises can bear any proportion to God’s greatness, for it is infinite, but because he is greater than we can express or conceive, we must raise our conceptions and expressions to the highest degree to which we can attain. We must not be afraid of saying too much in the praises of God, as we often do in praising even great and good men; all the danger is, of our saying too little; and therefore when he have done our utmost we must own, that though we have praised him in consideration of his excellent greatness, yet not in proportion to it.”
In other words, we worship with excellence and with an attitude that offers our very best effort. Our worship can never match His greatness of activity or attribute, but can and should take both aspects of His Divine nature into consideration as we worship both corporately and individually.