Revelation 4:11 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” We were created for the joy and pleasure of our Creator. The greatest pursuit of those redeemed by the blood of Christ is anything that gives glory and praise back to their God. “But ye are a chosen generation…that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,” (1 Peter 2:9).
David understood this purpose when he penned Psalm 103:1, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” The word soul in this verse is the Hebrew word nephesh which means “a breathing creature.” The root of this word nephesh literally means “to breath” or “to be breathed upon.” Parallel this with Genesis 2:7 which says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul [nephesh].” God breathed into man the breath of life, and man became a living breath. It is an amazing experience to witness the birth of a child taking his very first breath of air. That precious gift from God that will sustain his life until his spirit passes in death and he breathes out his final breath. We are on borrowed breath from God!
The phrase “O my soul” in Psalm 103 was David’s acknowledgment that the very gift of life and breath given him by God was meant for one purpose—to bless His holy name. We were not created for our own pleasure. We were not created to pursue our own passions. We were not created to proclaim our own goodness. The life we live is not our own. We were given breath that we might preach, speak, and sing the blessings of that One Name that is above every other name—Jesus!
True worship is a way of life. There is a lot of misconception surrounding the word worship. Worship is not just the portion of the service involving music. Worship is not something based on my own terms. If worship is about pleasing me, then I have become the object of worship instead of Christ. Worship is also not just about an atmosphere, mood, or feeling—though emotions often accompany our worship.
Worship is any surrendered response to truth. The Word of God is our worship manual, because it is truth (John 17:17). Any time I surrender my will in obedience to the truth of God, I have worshipped Him. Yes, worship is singing, because we are told to do so (Psalm 149:1), but we also worship when we give (2 Corinthians 9:7), praise (Psalm 50:23), serve (Galatians 5:13), prefer others (Romans 12:10), witness (Matthew 5:16), have confident faith in God (Romans 4:20), are willing to suffer (1 Peter 4:16), are content (Philippians 4:19–20), confess sin (Joshua 7:19), bear the fruit of the Spirit (John 15:8), pray in faith (John 14:13), submit to God’s sovereignty (Job 1:20), and any other yielded response to the endless amount of Truth found in the pages of Scripture.
David could hardly contain himself and the passion he had to bring praise, honor, and glory to his God. He knew no other way to describe it. All that was within him—his life’s breath—would be given to this one purpose. May we not short-change our worship. May we not cheapen it and limit it to sixty minutes on Sunday morning. If you are reading this, God has given you “breath.” Use it today to glorify Him by responding in obedience to His Truth. Use it today to bless His holy name.