Last week, we talked about worship being God’s love language. It blessed me, to know that God responds to my worship, that His heart swells with love and joy when I worship Him.
I mentioned last week that today would be about the foundation(s) of worship. May I be honest? When I said that, I only had a vague idea about what I wanted to share on. I’m realising now that what I considered to be the foundation of worship, is not exactly it.
Before we dive deeper, let us first understand what a foundation is. As well as its purpose. The dictionary defines a foundation as “The lowest load-bearing part of a building, typically below ground level. It is built out of stone or concrete, and supports the structure/building from underneath.” The purpose of the foundation is to hold up and hold together the structure above it.
With that in mind, it makes sense to say that the foundation of anything should be strong, unwavering, immovable and able to carry the weight of whatever is built on top of it, yes?
Therefore, the foundation of our worship, should be something (or someone) that is strong, unwavering, immovable and able to carry the weight of whatever constitutes our “building”.
Initially, my thought was that our relationship with God is the foundation of our worship to Him. I mean, there must be some sort of relationship present in order for worship to occur right? Someone who worships their phone has a relationship with that phone. Another who ‘worships’ a celebrity has a ‘relationship’ or an attachment to that celebrity’s work. Be it their music, clothing label, etc.
But when we think about it a little deeper, every Christian’s relationship with God is one that is constantly growing and changing. Or at least should be. That in itself already disqualifies relationship as the foundation on which we are to base our worship of God. Because, as mentioned, the foundation should already be strong. Not strengthening over time.
What then, is the foundation of worship?
Listen, I don’t think it is coincidental that the Bible refers to Christ as the solid rock. Multiple times. I mean, we see it in Psalm 18 vs 2, in 2 Samuel 22 vs 2, Psalm 61 vs 2 and other scriptures as well. We see it throughout scripture as both a direct reference to Christ as well as an indirect/metaphorical reference. Such as when Moses struck a rock and out of it came water for the children of Israel. Christ is the rock from which living water emanates.
May I submit to you that the foundation of our worship has nothing to do with what we’ve done (our effort or lack thereof in our relationship with God) and everything to do with WHO Christ is and everything He’s done. It is in Him that we are saved and called Children of God. More so, it is Christ’s sacrifice that made a way for us to have a direct relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Our fellowship with God (as the Trinity) is only possible because of Christ’s sacrifice.
I mean, think about it. How many times has the enemy tried to use your mistakes against you, to say you are not worthy enough to be in God’s presence? Not deserving of the gifts He freely gives to those who calls His own? And how many times have you believed the lie? Yet his word says He has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light (Colossians 1:12).
And because of this, we know that there is nothing that can separate us from the Love of God. Romans 8 vs 1 goes on to say that “therefore there is now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus …”
Family. It makes so much more sense now doesn’t it?
If we look at it that way.
It makes sense that God desires that we worship Him regardless of how we feel or what we are going through. That His acceptance of our worship is not based on our works but on the work that Christ finished at the cross over 2000 years ago.
The foundation of worship for a born again Christian is Christ.
The cross & the sacrifice. And it’s unwavering nature.
Today, I want to encourage you to worship God not because of you, but because of Him. Because of who He is. Because of how He loves. Worship with the knowledge and understanding that your worship will always matter to God because you matter to Him. You matter enough for Him to send His only begotten Son in order to restore His relationship with you.
Worship because He deserves it.
Today, I leave you with two things. A scripture and a song.
Remember I said the purpose of a foundation is to hold up and hold together? Well, I’m so glad that God’s word shows us that Christ is in the business of doing exactly that. Colossians 1 vs 15-18 from the Message translation says:
“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.”
The song I leave you with is titled My Worship by Phil Thompson. Enjoy!
Grace & Peace to you & yours
– Xo, Jo 🌺