What is the point of worship? Why do we lift our hands and sing songs to God?

Why Worship?

Posted by danieljkoren on March 22, 2013 in Viewpoints |

I have wondered before, what is the point of worship? Why do we lift our hands and sing songs to God? Is it just a ritual? Is it biblical?

I must say I do not doubt the power of worship. I have felt the presence of God in amazing ways as I worshiped Him. But more than just experiences, I want truth. What does God’s Word say about worship? I found the reason we praise Jesus.

Under the old covenant, worship involved building an altar and roasting meat unto the Lord. The Old Testament law instructed the people and the priests to eat this meat in honor of the Lord. Before a Jewish priest ever ate the roasted meat, he first had to cook it. If you are going to feast on Jesus, you must “fire up the grill” with worship.

Why do we sing worship songs before the preaching?

You worship the Lord so you can get fed. Eating the Word without worship is like eating your meat raw. First, bring out the flavor by offering up the sacrifice of praise.

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. (Hebrews 13:15)

Only by worship do we enter His presence and grow. You want more than just a well-studied, moral life. By praise and worship, by lifting your voice and lifting your hands, you enter His presence. By exalting the Lord and thanking Him for His goodness, you enable Him to work in your life.

What is the point of worshiping God and lifting of hands?

Want to feast on Jesus? Lift up holy hands. Worship. Sing praises. When you get involved in worship, He gets moving in you. If you take none of it in and just sit there and listen, you will not grow. Just smelling coffee does not wake you up.

Praising God with your mouth is better than offering a bull calf on a stone altar (Hosea 14:2). Lifting your hands in worship is better than animal sacrifice in the old Tabernacle:

Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:2)

Other forms of worship include prayer, giving to the poor, giving tithes, giving offerings, sharing with others, helping those in need, submitting to a pastor, caring for widows, supporting orphans, working honestly, fasting, witnessing, and living your whole life in a manner that gives God glory.

Keep Jesus’ death alive

Worship is not your sacrifice. Worship is keeping the sacrifice of Jesus alive. You could never bring a better sacrifice than the one Jesus brought for you. Don’t let His death die. Keep retelling the story to Him and to others. Bring the sacrifice of praise!

Perhaps you have wondered what the point of worship is. Maybe you thought it was weird to see people lift their hands and sing songs to God. Now, you can join them and grow like never before in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Read more to learn how to worship.

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