Once upon a time the Devil implanted this thought in my head: “Isn’t God cocky for having you worship Him?”
In order to answer the question I had to rephrase the question to: “Why does God allow me to worship Him?”
This made me realize that many Christians, including myself, never gripped the truth that when you worship the Lord and Creator with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength, you are actually drawn into His glory. You are taken into His presence to partake of His glory.
An Old Testament illustration of this is when Moses beheld God’s glory up close and his face shone because of it (Exodus 33:17-23 and 34:29-35). A New Testament illustration is when Stephen beheld God’s glory as he was about to be stoned to death and his face was glowing like an angel’s (Acts 6:15).
We can experience the same glory as Moses and Stephen did. When we come forth from the Lord’s presence, our experience may not be visible to others, but it is just as real. The truth of the matter is, it should manifest itself in our good works.
Just think of it, as a truly born again Christian who has stepped out in faith, the Creator and Master of the universe promises (John 14:21) to manifest Himself (make Himself real) to me. He makes His home and sits down and dines with me (John 14:23-26 and Revelation 3:20). Since the Father, Son and Holy Spirit abide in me, how can I not be blessed when I worship my Lord God?
The Lord does not stop there. He tells us in Revelation chapters 2 & 3 some of the things He will do for everyone that overcomes. The one that is most profound is in Revelation 3:21, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne.” I can only imagine!
In answer to the Devil’s question I just simply repeated the words to one of my favorite Christian songs which goes like this:
He is worthy of worship!
He is worthy of praise!
He is worthy of honor!
He is worthy of thanks!
All good fairy tales start with ‘Once upon a time’ and end in ‘They lived happily ever after’. But in our case the Bible is not a fairy tale. Revelation 22:5 & 21:4 assure us that we truly will “Reign for ever and ever, and God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”