Last week I asked people to answer the question, “Why does worship matter?” in 100 words or less. I said I’d pick the top 20 answers and send them a copy of Worship Matters, so that they could post a review on their blog.
I received some great answers from as far away as Australia. Of course, if you live in Australia, you don’t think that’s far at all.
Here are some of my favorite responses. Ryan James said worship matters because everyone worships.
Worship matters because it is the inescapable activity of all people everywhere regardless of whether they are a Christian or even “religious.” All people have some sort of “god” that they orient their life around, making sacrifices for the sake of that god’s glory. In our culture, people sacrifice for everything from their stomachs to their favorite sports teams worshiping them as their functional gods. Worship matters because it is obvious that though we do not need help learning how to worship, we desperately need to understand how to worship rightly.
Daniel Borkert highlighted God’s uniqueness:
Worship matters because God matters – a simple, yet infinite reason for true worship. Only God can declare that He is perfectly holy, uniquely different from all His creation. He alone fashioned our universe ex nihilo. He alone sustains all around us – all existing because He spoke. Yet even in His holiness, He loves us who are rebels, bent against Him and naturally exalting ourselves. He proved His love through the bloody sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, who received God’s wrath against us and reconciled us to our Creator God forever. Worship matters because God infinitely matters in this universe.
A few people focused on brevity. This from Josh Centanni:
“Why do I think worship matters? ‘Cause God thinks worship matters…. ’nuff said. (don’t believe me, then go check out the first two commandments.)
Stephanie’s was the shortest, but worth remembering:
Worship matters because God is God.
I’d add, “And we’re not.” She went on to fill out her answer, focusing on the effect sin has had on our worship, and supporting what she said with Scripture, which is always wise:
Worship matters because though we were created to worship God, in our fallenness we will worship anything (Jeremiah 2:12-13). Because our hearts are “idol factories” and only as we hear the Word and respond by grace through faith will our gaze be fixed aright (Hebrews 12:2) and our hearts find true satisfaction (Psalm 16). Worship matters because God says it matters. Worship matters because God is all that truly matters.
I liked Naomi Thuli’s answer for its simplicity, substance, and creativity:
Worship matters. It’s an obedience issue. Just read Psalms. Worship matters. It’s an eternity issue. Just read Revelations.This life will pass away. Possessions will rust. Fame will fade. But love remains. And a believer’s love for God compels him to worship. Not just in this life, but the ages to come. Worship matters. Forever.
Finally, the most unique answer (at least in the way it started out) was submitted by Geoff Youngs:
Putting the toilet seat down. Flowers on your anniversary. Saying and living “I do.” Toiling week in, week out, to provide. A poem on her birthday. All ways of declaring, with our lives, who matters. Worship should matter to us as much as God does: it is our most basic response to his status, sovereignty and salvation, whether in simple obedience or exuberant song. True worship declares to God our grateful estimation of him, to the world our humble sincerity, to our hearts what is of ultimate value. Worship matters because God does.
Amen. Thanks for taking the time to send in your answers. In the days to come, I’ll link to some of the book reviews.