Why do we sing songs of worship in church?
Do we do it because of tradition? Do we do it to impress visitors that we can sing and make good-sounding music, or to fill time before the preaching? I'm not sure about worship the rest of the year, but I kind of like singing Christmas carols, because the baby Jesus makes me feel happy, and I like Christmas Jesus the best!
Ok Ricky Bobby. So, how did this whole "worshiping Jesus" thing start?
The chorus of worship for Jesus, the savior come to earth, began with a choir of the angels of heaven who declared the glory of His birth:
"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." - Luke 2:13-14
This worship continued as He arrived in Jerusalem, being hailed as King:
"They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, 'Hosanna!' 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!' 'Blessed is the King of Israel!" - John 12:13
When the Pharisees criticized the people for their worship, Jesus said in Luke 19:40 “if they keep quiet the rocks will cry out.” And a week later when the people fell silent, in shock at the loss of their King, the earth and rocks groaned in mourning:
"At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split." - Matthew 27:51
After three days, He rose again before ascending to his Heavenly throne. The worship of Jesus continued as His bride, the church, joined in the chorus. It continues today as His church all around the world sings of His greatness and the good news of his salvation. And, this worship will endure forever and ever!
"Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” - Revelation 4:8-11
Posted on Thu, December 20, 2012
by James Asplund