Psalms 134: Why We Worship
Psalms 134 seems to be pretty straightforward on the surface. When we worship God, we are blessing Him.
Psa 134:1 A Song of degrees. Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.
Psa 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
Psa 134:3 The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.
Now, this may take a little bit of explanation because how is it possible for lowly human beings to bless the ultimate God of the entire universe? After all, when I think about blessings, I think about all of the amazing things that God does for us. I think about a blessing as something that comes in one direction.
However, Psalms 134 is interesting. It tells us to bless God by lifting our hands. If you look at the Strong’s Numbers, the word bless has the connotation of adoration. This is a picture of worship. We are adoring God, and we are lifting our hands.
Does our worship benefit God in any way? I am not convinced that it does. God can never be any better than He already is. Our worship does not make Him love us anymore. God is love by default, and He already loves humanity as much as He possibly can.
What then is the purpose of this worship? Why should we bother?
First of all, we are commanded to worship. If we believe that the Bible tells us how we ought to live, then we must worship. If God commanded it, we ought to do it. However, even if you don’t want to grant that as a good enough reason (even though you should), there is another reason to worship God.
When you worship something, you make it very important. You put it in a privileged position in your life. God ought to occupy that position in our lives. Love the Lord your God with all your heart. If you love God with all your heart, He is obviously in the top position. When we worship God, we are putting God where He belongs in our lives, and we are actively trying to live out that command.
Worship is important. We are commanded to do it, and it helps us give God the glory that He deserves. It also helps us recognize the position that God ought to hold in our lives.