Mercy & Worship

Why do we worship? What is the point of gathering as a family of God to sing and hear from the Word every week? We are beings formed from the dust and created to worship, and I know that I often have the tendency of becoming distracted and forget the why behind worship. Too often, it becomes such a routine and the meaning behind worship gets forgotten.

There are numerous passages that discuss worship and why we worship, but I believe 1 Peter 2:9-10 articulates the part of the why I want to discuss today. It reads:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

We worship because at one point we had a false identify, but through God’s infinite mercy, we are brought to fullness. We receive mercy, and we become found people. No longer wanders. No longer slaves. We are now a people identified as those reconciled by God. That is something to get excited about! Through our response to this realization, it is only natural for us to worship. It is only natural for us to shout and sing praises to the God who has loved us from the beginning and will continue for eternity. This is why we worship! We worship because we have a reason to. We worship as a reaction and response to the boundless love of God.

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