The essence of worship is to offer “a sacrifice of praise” to God (Hebrews 13:15). Marva Dawn, in her book Is It a Lost Cause? Having the Heart of God for the Church’s Children, says “the only thing that the church does that no other institution can do is to worship the triune God.”
How you ever wondered what should happen in us as a result of our worship? Here are a few things from Acts 2:
- At times, our hearts are filled with a sense of reverence and awe at who God is and what He has done to rescue us (“they were filled with awe,” 2:43).
- At other times, our hearts are filled with exuberant joy. The Jerusalem church worshiped with “glad hearts” (2:46). The word “glad” means to be extremely joyful and rejoice greatly. This is why we are called to glorify God through joyful worship.
- Worship has a way of de-cluttering our distracted hearts and busy lives. The Jerusalem church worshiped with “sincere” hearts (2:46). This word means simplicity. Therefore, worship is God’s cure for the diversion or distraction of mind that arises from the conflict of different objects of desire. So let us praise our great God and expect Him to work in our hearts in these ways.