A child is doing something that she thinks is amazing and calls out, “Look at me!” An adult posts a new selfie on Facebook and asks, “What do you think of the new look?” A husband flexes his muscles before his wife with an expression that communicates, “You’re amazed, right?” We all do it at one time or another, but calling attention to ourselves is usually looked down on.
This is why it can be bewildering as to why God wants us to worship Him, telling Him how great He is. Does God have insecurity issues? Why does He want our attention, our praise and worship?
The great professor of Cambridge and influential author C. S. Lewis addressed this question. Tim Keller in his book, PRAYER, writes and then quotes Lewis on this subject, “If God is the great object of admiration behind all other beauties and magnificence, then to praise and admire him would be [to quote Lewis] ‘simply to be awake, to have entered the real world… we must praise God or live in unreality and poverty.’”
God wants us to praise and worship Him because in doing so we are seeing reality as it really is, that God made everything, sustains everything, and is infinitely greater than it all! To be aware of the visible creation is only part of reality. The bigger part of reality is to understand and respond to the One responsible for it all, and the appropriate response is awe and worship. To fail to respond to God in this way means we have an inaccurate view of reality and that we “don’t get it.”
Life can be far more than an animal-type existence where we simply respond to the material world as experienced by our five senses. We more fully grab all the gusto of this life when we look upward, worshiping, being in awe of, and giving thanks to the One who put us here in the midst of everything that He’s given us!
God lovingly wants us to have a full grasp of reality and that includes having a right view of Him that will lead to the appropriate response of adoration. No, God doesn’t need us to praise and worship Him, but we have a need to do so!
“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92:1