There are so many beautiful, powerful images of God surrounding His people with His protection, power, favor and deliverance, yet God wants to be surrounded too! God has uniquely designed worship as a vehicle by which you enable, empower and then experience the blessings He has built into the act of sacrifice in praise. No, we don’t worship Him to get blessings nor do we worship Him because of blessings – we worship Him because He is worthy – and the blessing of God that exists in His presence is poured out!
There are plenty of verses about standing or kneeling or worshipping the Lord before His throne, on the right-hand and left-hand side of His throne and even in the midst of His throne, but there two things in the Bible shows about God’s people worshipping Him while surrounding Him:
1) Psalm 89:7: “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the holy ones and awesome to all those who surround Him.”
There’s absolutely nothing you can bring to the Lord that He needs, but you can bring Him everything He wants because He only wants you.
When God is surrounded by praise and surrounded by His worshippers, there is “fear”, which is the reverence and respect He is due according to the greatness of His power and might. It is important that worship doesn’t become polluted and distorted into focusing on our own empowerment through Him, but instead remains fixed on Him. True, God’s power is the vehicle by which we experience power in our lives, however we can become so focused on the power that we forget the source of that power – the omnipotent, ancient God, Creator of the world! In Revelation 7:11, the Bible notes the worshippers in heaven are overwhelmed with His greatness and the right response is to do what they did: Fall down on your face and worship! We love to think about God’s love and worship Him for His goodness, but we must all be intentional about making time to also to surround Him in the assembly and worship Him for the awesome, indescribable power He holds as the Great King Above all Gods! (Psalm 95:3)
Daniel, Jehoshephat, Nebuchadnezzar, David, the angels in heaven, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ezekiel, the three wise men, the 12 disciples, Balaam, Joshua, Abraham and even the Philistine god Dagon, among so many others, fell down and worshipped God from the ground, awe-struck by His power – so why don’t we? Here’s a challenging thought: If His awesome greatness isn’t enough to inspire us to drop to the ground (literally) and worship, how can we expect His awesome greatness inspire us anywhere else?
God has uniquely designed worship as a vehicle by which you enable, empower and then experience the blessings He has built into the act of sacrifice in praise.
2) Psalm 76:11: “Make your vows to the Lord your God, and fulfill them; let all who surround Him bring tribute to Him who is to be feared.”
There’s absolutely nothing you can bring to the Lord that He needs, but you can bring Him everything He wants because He only wants you. To “bring tribute” to the Lord is to bring Him a gift – as people once did to the kings who ruled their lands. To bring a tribute is to bring a willing gift, not one demanded as payment. While the Lord desires your love, companionship and worship, He requires nothing in return for anything He has done. He simply wants to you worship Him. Why? First, because He is holy and worship will keep you in that mindset, but secondly because His desire is to continue to bless you and there are specific and unique blessings that are tied to worship.
The Psalmist wrote 1) “Make your vows to the Lord” – which means to commit yourself to Him and then 2) Stick to it, fulfill what you said you’d do when you dedicated your life to Him and 3) Surround Him in worship, presenting Him with the gift of yourself. No expectations, no qualifications, no holding back. WORSHIP. “Him who is to be feared” holds a power beyond our understanding and if we could really grasp even just that, our worship would never look the same day to day, week to week or even moment to moment!
What can you do in your worship today that shows Him you are in utter awe of His great power? <3