Is God Worthy of our Worship?

I’ve said it here before, and I’ll say it again: worship is so much more than simply what we do on a Sunday morning. Though our verbiage and church culture would make you assume otherwise, our worship is far more than just a handful of songs and a sermon.

Our word “worship” can be traced back to the Old English word weorthscipe, which is the combination of two words that mean to “ascribe worth.” So worship is the act of ascribing worth, or as Tim Keller puts it, worship is the “act of ascribing ultimate value to something in a way that engages your whole person or being.”[1]

So this begs the question: is the God we serve worthy of this ultimate value? Does what the Bible tells us about God warrant us giving him ultimate worth in our lives?

I wake up most mornings in the Pacific Northwest, and the beauty and creativity of creation that’s within a day’s drive of my house is enough to explode the mind. There’s the one million acres of Mt. Hood that stands over 11,000 feet tall and can be seen from over 100 miles away. There’s the Columbia River Gorge, a 4,000 foot deep canyon that weaves in and out of the Cascade Mountain Range. Head north and you’ll see the ash and effects of Mt. Saint Helens, an active volcano that has erupted multiple times. There’s the coast of the Pacific less than 2 hours to the west. In Oregon alone, there are three distinct geographic regions; all different enough to warrant their own category. Take a drive a few hours south, and you’ll experience vast desert. Keep driving and you’ll find the Redwood Forest, with trees that tower 360 feet above their roots.

All of that, just hours from my front door.

And chances are that there’s even more, unique, breathtaking beauty outside your front door.

In fact, the region I just explained is less than 1% of the planet we inhabit. A quick Google search will tell you that there’s a spot in the Pacific Ocean that is 35,840 feet deep (over three Mt. Hood’s deep)[2], and that we know of about 230,000 unique species in that ocean. Another Google search will tell you all about the Amazon rainforest; it’s 390 billion (with a ‘b’) trees, 2.5 million insect species, 40,000 plant species, 2,200 fishes, 1,294 birds, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians, and 378 reptiles.[3]

I could go on and on about how earth is just one planet (of eight) in our solar system, which is just one solar system (of more than 500 known) in the Milky Way galaxy, which is just one galaxy of an estimated 100 billion in our universe. Through science, we’re finding out more about creation every day, and the God that we worship spoke it all into existence…

And then there’s us. I could go on and on about the human body, about how many things have to go perfectly for us to keep breathing. I could talk about our 206 bones or our 700+ muscles. I could tell you about the 25 feet of intestines that allow our systems to work properly. I could gross you out by reminding you that you have around 1.6 trillion skin cells, and about 30,000 of them fall of every hour and regenerate.

Our Creator did that from dust. He breathed his breath into us, and here we are.

Is the creator of all that worthy of ultimate value? Without question.

[1] https://twitter.com/timkellernyc/status/497351543235309569

[2] Challenger Deep, Mariana Trench, Western Pacific Ocean.

[3] Da Silva, Jose Maria Cardoso et al. (2005). “The Fate of the Amazonian Areas of Endemism”. Conservation Biology 19 (3): 689–694.