Is Worship a Priority In Today’s Church?

church-821274_1920Is worship the highest priority in all of life—for each believer, as well as every Christian congregation?

Consider that God’s first command to Moses was, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3, ESV). Later, Moses calls out to God’s People, “Hear O Israel, Yahweh is God; Yahweh alone!” (Deuteronomy 5:4, my rendering). Moses immediately follows with, “Love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

This is true worship and it is God’s desire to be the priority in our lives. King David, repeatedly proclaims the same message: “All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God” (Psalm 86:9-10, ESV).

Worship of God is also, of course, the central priority in The New Testament. Jesus, God in human flesh, implies no less when declaring the primary reality of life: “I tell you, if these (followers) were silent, the very stones would cry out” (Luke 19: 40, RSV).

All of Christ’s Apostle’s send the same message. Peter tells the believers in Rome, “. . . you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, ESV). Peter is actually saying to each one of us that we have been called, first and foremost, for the purpose of His worship.