by Louie Giglio
When the subject is worship, the stakes are high—because worship is what God is all about.
Worship should matter to you simply because it matters to God. And worship matters to God because
He knows He’s worthy. I know that doesn’t sound too persuasive in our me-centered culture, but it’s
true. Worship doesn’t begin with us. Worship begins and ends with God. And God is worthy of all praise,
from all people, for all time.
God is the center of everything that exists. Above all the little gods of earth, He alone is the Creator.
Sustainer. Originator. Life Giver. Beauty Maker.
That’s why every glimpse into God’s presence throughout the pages of His Word affirms that God dwells
in endless praise.
Notice the angel host of Revelation, never ceasing to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.” Never do they stop. Day and night they proclaim Him as central in all
Creation. Without pause they are constantly affirming His infinite worth.
The same is true of the skies surrounding us. As the psalmist writes, “The heavens declare the glory of
God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Why? Because that’s what the starry hosts were created
to do—day after day they echo back to God and shout at the top of their lungs to anyone else who’s
paying attention that He is huge. All-powerful. Glorious. Limitless. They are affirming that the One who
imagined their shapes and sizes is beyond our wildest imagination.
And you know what’s really wild? This massive God, who has never known any shortage of worship,
wants to be worshiped…by you. Right now.
It’s not that He needs any more worship to be worthy. No, God can’t be more worthy than He already is
and always has been. It’s not that God needs our worship—but that He wants it. He wants it because He
deserves it. And He commands it because to do so is the most loving thing He can possibly do.
God knows who He is. He knows what He’s worth. And He knows the best thing He can give us is
Himself. So in calling us to prize Him above all else, God is both gaining the praise that is rightfully His
alone and causing us to gain the greatest treasure we will ever know. God is not an egotist seeking more
than He deserves from us. Rather, He is God, choosing, in worship, to reward us with Himself.
DON’T WASTE YOUR WORSHIP
Worship should matter to you because you are and always will be a worshiper. It’s what you do. You
can’t help it. You can’t stop it. You can’t live without it. But you can choose where you invest it. You can
choose to make your worship count for today and for eternity.
We’re created to worship. That’s why you and I are going to spend our lives declaring the worth of
something. As a result, we’ve got to make sure the thing we declare to be of greatest value is really
worthy in the long run.
For me, I’ve got to keep making sure that what matters most, matters most to me.
The same is true for you. It’s imperative that you find an object worthy of your affection. It’s essential
that you find a God worthy of your life’s devotion.
You only have one life. And you only have one life of worship. You have one brief opportunity in time to
declare your allegiance, to unleash your affection, to exalt something or someone above all else.
Don’t waste your worship on some little god, squandering your birthright on idols made only with
human imagination. Guard your worship…and carefully evaluate all potential takers.
But valuing God supremely doesn’t mean that we can’t appreciate things of beauty and style, as well. It’s
certainly not wrong to deeply love another. Nor is it a sin to really be into your profession or to get
amped over a trip to your favorite destination.
Enjoying the things that God has made is not a sin, but when we elevate any of these to the highest
place in our hearts, we’ve gone too far and cheated both God and ourselves.
For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised. He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the
peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and
beauty are in His sanctuary.” PSALM 96:4–6, NASB
Excerpted from THE AIR I BREATHE. Copyright © 2017 by Louie Giglio. Published by Multnomah, an
imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.