Worship Is at the Heart of Obedience to God

Worship is also at the heart of obedience to God. God’s commands are not arbitrary. He didn’t just sit down one day and decide to make up a list of rules. The commands for us in Scripture are rooted in the very character of God. His justice and holiness and splendor demand such things from His creation. Therefore, to disobey God’s commands is an affront to the very character and glory of God. Because God’s laws flow from His character, when we do something against those laws, we are acting against His character. God is worthy of our worship, and we should not do anything against the character and glory of God. On the flipside, when we obey God’s commands, we magnify the glory of God, thereby worshiping Him. We should be constantly striving to follow the Lord’s commands for our lives, because He is worthy of our worship. Romans. 12:1-2 tells us that our reasonable service of worship is to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

Scott Aniol, Worship in Song (Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 2009), 243-244.