Originally posted by joe beyser
Of course there is a superior/inferior relationship there but it seems contrived to me that love and respect would run one way. It is basically a choice. Either a person can choose God or not. Once the relaionship is established which is one of love and respect then a person is a worshiping son of a gun.
But if God be God, is he not greater? If he is, does this change the mutually loving aspect of the relaionship? For me, I can view myself as I am, which is a lesser being than God, and still enjoy a mutually loving relaionship with him. It is simply acknowledging the reality of the situation rather than ignoring it or denying it. It is like the parable of the Good Samaritan. If someone came along and picked you up and took you home and took care of you and saved your life, would you not so much as say thank you? How much more for someone who not only saved our lives but also was tortured and killed in the process to save us?
Having said that, the sermon I heard today was on worship. It gave me a different perspective on the whole matter. We often see it as a one way type of interaction where only God is blessed. However, throughout the Bible there are examples in which worship empowers us and blesses us. An example, I suppose, is when Paul was in prison and in chains along with his bretheren and they decided to worship God in the midst of it all. Now the average Joe might say, why should I worship God? After all, he let me get into this situation so I really should be angry at God. However, worship is not about us. It is not about our circumstances, rather, it is about knowing who God is and what are hope is in him. If you don't know the story, after they began to worship the chains were removed from their hands and they escaped harm. I have also heard other testimnies of healing when worship was mixed with the praying. Really worship is mixed with faith in that you believe God is worthy to be worshiped no matter your circumstances and we all know God looks for faith that is being exercised. In addition, I found that when in church and such I may not "feel" like worshiping. In fact, I may feel like doing anything but wrorshipping God. However, I have found that as I do, a change comes over me and I begin to commune with God it often energizes me. It even happened today and I was with someone who had never been to my church and said they experienced the same thing and had never experienced that before.
So I ask you, who benefits from worship the most? I say that it is equally beneficial even though one is submitted to the other in doing so.