What should be our response to God be? The answer can be in one of two ways. These are in faith or in unbelief. The only one of these ways that will please God is in faith.
When a man responds to God in unbelief, it has many forms: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, quarreling, deceit, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, and drunkenness. Paul calls these the works of the flesh. You see our flesh cannot please God. The only way to please God is to act in faith by the Spirit.
What should be our response to God be? The answer to act in faith, and that is worship.
It a big word, worship, and we have a hard time understanding it.
The thing to understand about worship, is that we cannot worship if we don’t have faith. It is an act of faith. We cannot worship if we do not believe there is a God that is all-powerful and that he made the world and everything in it.
(Hebrews 11:6) “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
How can someone come to believe that there is a God? It is almost impossible to reason our way into faith. The knowledge of God does not come out of our reasoning; it comes when God reveals it to us. Today we have the Bible, which is His word. When we study the Bible, God reveals himself to us.
Now the question is: How should we worship God when we believe in Him? Each one of us should worship as He made us to: in our own way and with our own gift. Some can sing, so let them sing. Some can play a musical instrument, so let them play. Some can build with their hands, so let them build. All of us can pray, so let all of us pray. Moreover, all of us can praise the Lord, so let us together praise God for He is.
As the psalmist tell us; (Psalms 150:1-6) “1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
*Devotional written by Ralph Williams, retired pastor and member of One Hope Mobile.