Worship just makes sense. I’m not sure if a better answer is available to the question, “Why worship?” The poet states it this way in the opening of Psalm 147, “Praise the Lord…a song of praise is fitting.”
Have you ever put on an old pair of shoes weeks after replacing them? It’s a homecoming for your feet. Those old shoes, despite their worn tread and “toe window,” fit so well from months, or years, of studying and conforming to every curve and nuance of your foot. Similarly, there is no activity that fits the human soul so well as worship.
Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, children are taught and expected to say, “Thank you” in response to a kind gesture. This idea that kindness shown should be acknowledged and reciprocated with gratitude is wired into the human psyche.
When we realize the absurd amount of kindness God has shown us since birth, and how futile an attempt to “balance the books” would be, there’s nothing left to do but worship.
We are designed to tremble and express admiration before greatness. The dumbfounded response, “whoah,” made by the millions who have stood before the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is an exercise of their inherent worship muscle.
After a string of commands to worship the one true God, the author of Psalm 96 gives his reasoning in verse 4, “For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” In other words, immense admiration is appropriate when faced with immense beauty.
I have found in my own life, as a general principle, that when I do the thing that makes the most sense, other things seem to fall into place. Likewise, when I do something nonsensical, something inevitably breaks down.
In a nutshell, this is the story of humanity. Paul states it this way in Romans 1:21, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Our choice to not do the one thing that made the most sense was followed by the complete unraveling of our humanity and all creation. Place a shirt’s top button in the wrong buttonhole and all successive buttons will be out of place as well.
We worship God because it makes sense. However, this doesn’t mean that our worship will always make sense to others. Mary of Bethany was chided by Judas for wasting such an expensive bottle of perfume on Jesus’ feet (John 12). David was despised by Michal for his outlandish display of worship (1 Chronicles 15). If we could ask them why they did what they did I’m sure we would hear something like, “It just made sense.”
Friends, let’s be sensible people.