Title– Worship: The Reason We Were Created
Author– A.W. Tozer
Publisher– Moody Publishers
Genre– Christian Living/ Spiritual Growth
What is the chief end of man? If you grew up reciting the Westminster Shorter Catechism you know the response. In fact, I’d venture to guess most Christians would be able to answer this first question, with a little variety in each answer of course. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
In short, that is what Tozer’s book Worship is all about. Why do humans exist? We exist to worship God. Tozer loved the topic of worship. He wrote much on it, preached often on it, and it was his life message. Although he died in 1963, this compilation of various writings on worship by Tozer was published posthumously in 2017 and is just as relevant as if it were written this morning!
Worship will challenge your presuppositions of what worship really is! Is it about the flashing lights, the fog machines, the stage, the bass guitarist, the electric guitar solo, or the amazing voice of the lead singer that makes worship worship? Tozer wrote, “God calls us to worship, but in many instances we are in entertainment, just running a poor second to the theaters.”
So true worship isn’t about the show, but it is about the heart. “It is to show forth the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light. It is to reflect the glories of Christ ever shining upon us through the ministries of the Holy Spirit.” What a magnificent thing worship really is! That is what God meant for Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He desired them to delight in Him! Sin stripped that delight away. Yet, with Christ, we are saved to worship.
The reason you and I exist, Tozer argued, is for the sole purpose of worshiping God, which is possible to do because of the work of Jesus Christ. God has made worshippers out of rebels! There is only one way to worship him then. We must worship him his way!
I really enjoyed this book. I believe it has the potential to change your thinking on the subject of worship and what it really is! I encourage anyone and everyone to read this book because you will learn that worship is what you were made to do.