LORD, you are my God; for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. - Isaiah 25:1
The God of the universe has a plan for worship. In His great love, knowledge, and design their lies a plan that directs our minds attention and hearts affection. It's a plan that leads us to Jesus who is our healer, deliverer, and Savior.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all thing have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. - Colossians 1:16-17
The Westminster Catechism states, "The chief end o man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." But what does it mean "to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,"? The Bible shows us that God has always had a plan for all creation to love, and enjoy being in His presence. God is a God of relationship. The Almighty God desires to have a wonderful relationship with us and this is accomplished in worship through His Son Jesus Christ. This world cannot offer anything that will satisfy the longing of relationship we all crave to know and to be known by God. God's plan yo fill that craving is for us to worship Him for who He is and what He's done.
God is a God of revelation. He reveals Himself to us through His Word. From Genesis we see God as creator to Revelation we see the worship of "the Lamb". He has revealed Himself to us so that our response might be worship!
God is also a God of redemption. Throughout the Scriptures, God reveals to us the mystery of His free gift of salvation. God's plan to redeem us happens through His work on the cross where Jesus Christ our redeemer carried out the plan of salvation.
Now we get to see God's plan for worship. Before the beginning of time God created us to walk with Him and worship Him. Just like God's plan of redemption is outlined in Scripture, His plan for worship is in His Word. Jesus said in Luke 10:27, "Lord the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind."
Over the next several weeks, we're going to be looking at how we can have an authentic worship life.