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Caleb Peterson (4/16/15)

Philosophy of Worship
Worship is the function of a human being. No human does not worship;
consequently, every human does worship. God created man to be dependent upon a
source other than themselves for life and meaning, thus God created man in a
worshipping state. Worship, as exemplified throughout scripture, is mans response to
something or someone that they believe gives life and brings meaning to that life. This
devotion is never ending. Since the time of birth, every man and woman worships and
they continue to for all of eternity. However, the object of each persons worship can shift
and change depending upon their faith in said object. A man might have faith in money.
Money is proven to be capable of many things, including but not limited to sustaining life
and providing status and purpose to the man who acquires it. The man who sees money as
worthy to be devoted to will do everything in his power to make it his. He responds to the
promises of money by working hours on end for those who have the authority to provide
money. Everything else to this man is of lesser value; the amount of time he spends with
his family is slim compared to the amount of time he spends in the office because time
with his family does not provide him with money. The only thing that can change the
actions of this man is if he encounters something other than money that promises to be
more faithful to provide and more meaningful to his life. Once this man encounters that
thing or person, he must make the decision to keep his faith devoted to money or to
reposition his faith to the new provider.
According to scripture, there is nothing and no one more worthy of a mans worship
than God Himself: For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared
above all gods (Psalm 96:4). However, there is a problem: God is so great and man is so
sinful that a relationship between God and man is truly impossible. Like mentioned
earlier, God created man in a worshipping state. He did this because He wanted His
creation to share in His everlasting value. He set boundaries for their lives that they might
depend solely on Him as the ultimate source of meaningful life. But man was deceived.
The evil one, who fights for Gods position, tempted them to cross the boundaries of God,
forcing them to be dependent upon something other than Him. God burned with loving
anger toward His people because they exchanged His provision for something that was
only a shadow of His capabilities. Their disobedience separated them from His riches,
bringing death and meaninglessness.
However, God did not leave His people without hope. He desired for His people to
turn back to Him in faith, so He promised to redeem them from their terrible mistake.
God spoke boldly to the evil one who deceived them, saying, I will put enmity between
you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head,
and you shall bruise him on the heel (Genesis 3:15). This promise was only the
beginning for mankind. As recorded throughout all of scripture, God continued making
hefty promises to restore an intimate relationship with His people. As testified by His
followers, God has yet to be unfaithful to His wordeven though they were made
thousands of years ago! The very first promise of God (recorded above) has already been
fulfilled through His Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth: For God so loved the world, that He
gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have
eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus came to the earth, God in the form of a man, to take away

the sins of the world, and ultimately, destroy the evil one. God says that if any man
believes this, he will be given eternal and abundant life.
This is good news for the man who worships money (or anything else other than
God)! He is worthy of all our worship! He is the most valuable, most abundant source of
life there is and He calls out to us to drink from His spring. No other god can match His
worth and no other god can deliver as He promises. Money, sex, power, legacynothing
compares to God Almighty, the great I AM. The riches of God are inexhaustible. The
wise man turns to Him and forsakes all else. Once dependent solely on God, the one who
worships Him should seek to receive His treasure daily. Though a single taste of Him
would be enough to sustain a man, a daily practice of being in His presence and
experiencing His glory is possible and necessary. Many faithful men and women spoken
about in scripture led this type of life. Daniel valued the Lord so much that he spent
quality time with Him three times a day even though a law was sent against it: Now
when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof
chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his
knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before His God, as he had been doing
previously (Daniel 6:10). He knew he was completely dependent upon God, so nothing
would keep him from communing with Himeven if it meant the persecution of his
physical body. Jesus Himself understood the importance of communing daily with the
Father and practiced it consistently. In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus
got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there (Mark
1:35). Jesus would separate Himself from everything but God so that He could focus
solely on the word of His Father and respond in prayer and practice. Worshipping God
includes daily, personal devotion.
However, worshipping God also includes daily, congregational devotion, as well!
Each person who believes on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is immediately ushered
into the corporate family of God. God commands that His family be committed to one
another in love and unity. When the church first formed, they went so far as to sell all
their possessions and become dependent upon the gifts God had provided to each of
them! And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and
they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as
anyone might have need (Acts 2:44-45). Gods own selflessness was glorified in the way
they interacted with one another. This proves to be the end of worship. Worships main
goal is to glorify God, making all He is and all He has down known and reflected by all
of His creation.
The devotion that God calls each member of His family to have with everyone
demands a consistent gathering time. During these gathering times, the family of God
should be careful to observe many practices. These practices includebut are not limited
toteaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer (see Acts 2:42). Ultimately,
every practice observed in the gathering of believers should look like the story of the
gospel, which is the pillar of the faith, and in which the body is most effectively edified
(see I Corinthians 14:26). The use of many different elements is expected, including the
reading of scripture (see I Timothy 4:13) and the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs (see Ephesians 5:19). Many different ways to observe this practice have been
exemplified throughout the history of the church, but the observation in and of itself is
open to diversity.