As we follow our summer theme of Worship into the New Testament, its importance and value are revealed more and more. God’s purpose from the beginning of creation has been to reveal Himself to all people so that they will give Him the praise and glory that is rightfully His. For us, worship is the highest and most fulfilling activity we can ever participate in. Here are four verses from 1 Peter that show us God’s plan for us to live in worship!
“…so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” -1 Peter 1:7
The opening paragraph of 1 Peter describes all the amazing things God does for His people according to His great mercy: gives us new birth through Christ’s resurrection, promises us an inheritance, protects us for salvation, and even tests our faith by various trials so that we will come out like gold. In this verse we see the purpose for all of these things: when our faith is tested and comes out like gold, it will result in praise and glory for Jesus Christ at His return
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” -1 Peter 2:9
This verse is reminiscent of Exodus 19:5-6 where God calls the people of Israel His “treasured possession”, “kingdom of priests”, and “a holy nation”. Now, thanks to Jesus’ work, we as former Gentiles are now included in this holy nation and royal priesthood, but the purpose remains the same: God’s special people is meant to proclaim His glory and goodness!
“Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” – 1 Peter 2:12
It is a powerful witness to God’s character when God’s people live with integrity, honor, and unconditional love. Even those who don’t know God will glorify Him when they see our Godly lifestyles!
“Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4:11
God has given us many gifts, and He also provides the strength to use those gifts and do His work. We are called to use His gifts and rely on His strength and never forget that everything comes from Him! When we remember these principles, God is glorified in everything we do.
As these verses remind us, worship is more than just praising God through music or words. Worship is an attitude that we are called to at all times. By enduring trials, proclaiming what God has done for us, living honorably, and serving God according to our gifts, God’s name will be glorified through our lives. What a privilege! Worship is truly our highest calling!