The Priority of Worship

God gives great importance to worship, to the point clearly indicated that He is looking for worshipers: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (John 4:23). If Jesus says that God is looking for worshipers, that means worship is definitely a priority for our Heavenly Father. We see the priority of worship in Scripture, the church and in the life of Jesus.

Worship takes precedence in Scripture

Revelation 14:7: Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

The supreme duty of all creatures, including man, for the present time and for eternity is to worship the Creator. Jesus said that all creatures are responsible for worship.

Matthew 4:10: Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Jesus was not talking to a man but a fallen angel, another creature created by God. There are numerous biblical examples where angels and other creatures worship God, one is Revelation 4:8: And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Worship is the priority of the Church

Worship is the first priority of the church because God must be the first priority of the church and we are called to worship Him. Any other expression would be idolatry, if you put someone or something above Him The church is called to worship their God above all things.

1 Peter 2:9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

In Genesis, Adam fell when he failed to worship God. In Revelation, the whole story culminates in a worship service in the eternal presence of our glorious Lord.

Jesus made a priority of Worship

Matthew 22:37-38: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

Worship is the first and greatest commandment in the New Covenant and the first commandment of the law under the Old Covenant. This call to worship the universal set it as priority. Is the number one responsibility of every believer in every nation.

Revelation 15:4: Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

In prayer Jesus taught us to worship.

Luke 11:2: And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Before presenting our petitions, our duty is to worship God. Worship is not for what He can do for us but for who He is

Blessings for everybody.