Nineteen billion dollars! That’s the estimated net worth of the music industry in 2019. It’s huge, it’s global and it’s loved by the masses.
It’s so important to people that they sing in their cars, at concerts and even in the shower. They load up their phones with music from their favorite artists and pay exorbitant costs to attend concerts in the nosebleeds.
Do you know why music is such a global success? It’s because God wired people for music. It’s in their humanity. But he didn’t wire them just to sing to the latest pop star or country legend.
God wired them to worship him.
You might be amazing at singing in your car, but here are some reasons why you need to worship.
Your worship belongs to God alone.
God is generous. The scriptures are very clear on that. However, he is very selfish when it comes to our worship of him. He never wants to share that.
Psalm 81:9 makes it clear that people were created to worship God alone.
“You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.”
Your worship is a declaration of joy.
It’s easy to let our feelings get in the way of our worship. When we’re going through difficulties, it’s hard to feel joyful. But that’s where worship comes in.
Worship doesn’t have much to do with feelings. It has to do with who God is. That’s why Psalm 100:1-5 teaches that people should worship with gladness and joy.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
We can always declare joy in our worship because it’s not rooted in our circumstances its rooted in God’s character. He is always good even when life isn’t.
There’s a reason Psalm 100 is called ‘a psalm for giving grateful praise.’
Your worship tells what your heart is feeling.
If your mouth never speaks it, chances are it isn’t a reality. Our mouths should speak what’s in our heart. If our heart belongs to God, then according to Psalm 57:7, our mouths should sing it.
“My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.”
Sometimes we need to have our heart tell our mouth that we love Jesus, then belt it out.
Your worship is a witness to others.
I know we don’t like it when people stare. We especially don’t like when people hear us sing, well, at least most of us. Like it or not, your worship has influence.
Psalm 57:9 tells people to sing among the people.
“I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.”
Ask yourself this question: Can anyone tell by your worship that you love God?