This is an excerpt from the last sermon that John Wimber ever preached, entitled ‘The King’s Worship’, using 1 Corinthians 8: 5&6.
We come to God because he is worth it. I think it was David Watson that said, “Worship is worth-ship.” I remember is was very meaningful to me. I have not forgotten it.
We need to understand that worship is for the King. I have been in church a long time and I have heart people say, “I don’t get anything out of worship.” I say, “Listen stupid it isn’t about you getting anything out of worship. It is about you giving worship to God who is worth worshiping.”
It is not for entertainment purposes and it is not even to prepare the audience for the sermon or to manipulate a lot of money out of you in the giving! It is for God. It isn’t because he has a weak ego and he needs to be bolstered and encouraged, poor old God.
Revelations 4: 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
God is worthy of worship for who he is and what he has done. We need to understand that whether he has ever done anything for you or not, after the cross, what more does he owe you? He didn’t owe you the cross but He did it, nonetheless, for the purpose of redeeming a people who would worship Him. He is a jealous God and doesn’t share that worship.
In Isa 42: 8 “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.” The Hebrews is a very stringent. The Lord is a jealous God. And he is jealous for two basic reasons. One is because he knows he is only good offered to mankind. The Australians have an expression that I have heard, “Good on yeh mate!” and “She’ll come right!” Do you understand that the Lord is “Good on yeh!” He is the only God offered to mankind. The reason he is jealous about that is if he shared His glory with others you wouldn’t get the best benefit.
Now it is interesting in the trinity they pass it off all the time. You can’t hardly praise the Son without him telling you about his Dad. And you can’t approach his Dad without him telling you about his Son and you can’t talk to the Holy Spirit at all without him telling you how great the Son and the Father are.
So our God is worthy of our praise and worship!