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Does God need your praise and worship?
SUMMARY: Feel good purposes do not feature in God’s requirement of praise and worship
There is a strange doctrine doing the rounds. It claims that Christians singing praise and worship, is for instant self-gratification and indulging; God doesn’t need your praise and worship.
Since all scripture is God-breathed and inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16), the error in this false teaching is exposed by Christ’s singing a hymn unto God among his disciples (Heb 12:2). The community of believers is a fitting place where praise is offered to God.
If God did not require our praise, the scriptures would not link Christ to such praise. The Holy Spirit, who is God, will not require it in scripture, and will not approve that we praise God. We praise and acknowledge his divine love as individual believers and a community, since God adopted us as sons and daughters; and since he freely bestowed his grace on us; and since he redeemed us and forgave us through Jesus. God requires and intends that we his people praise and worship him (Eph 1:6).The bible teaches that it is appropriate and fitting that we do (Psalm 33:1).
Praise of God is a sacred duty, which we owe, and is due to God. There is popular culture that says “I do it because it feels good for me”. That idea positions praise to God as a self-motivating and a self-centred practise (Psalm 47:7-9; 63:3-8). Even the angels gave praise to God, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests" (Luke 2:14).
It is quite revealing that the one angel, Satan, who was also equipped for praise of God, exalted himself and was self centered (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezek 28:11-19). God judges such deviant approaches.
The teaching that God, because he is the self-existing creator of all things, doesn’t need private or public praise and worship, carries the insinuation that it would be a fault on God’s part, if he did. The Apostle Paul however, teaches that praising and worshipping God in the church, confirms the message of Christ and is presented to God with gratitude in our hearts (Col 3:16).
The current false teaching among God’s people does other sinister things. It seeks subtly to lessen the difference between what is sacred and what is self; between the attitude and the act of praise and worship, and it seeks to delink the knowledge and obedience to the scriptures from the modern conduct of praise and worship.
True worship takes place on the inside in the heart and the spirit of the worshipper (John 4:23-24). Worship is rooted in scripture, and requires a whole person response to God.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased (Hebrews 13:15-16 New International Version).