“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God;”
– Hebrews 10:19-21
July 6, 1996 is a very important date in my life. That’s the day that I married the most important person in my world. And that’s the day that everything changed. That ceremony set into motion a relationship that I still enjoy to this day and fully intend to continue “till death do us part.”
The wedding was, of course, amazing. But it was hardly the end of anything. It lead me into a world of blessings–from really getting to know and enjoy my best friend to meeting and falling in love with my three sons and my daughter.
That’s a good illustration of what worship of God does for us.
- Because we can boldly enter into His presence (Hebrews 10:19) …
- Because we have access through the blood and body of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19b-20) …
- And because we are accompanied by Jesus Himself (Hebrews 10:21) …
Because we have access to and acceptability in worship, the writer of Hebrews suggests that a world of fellowship opens up to us.
Worship provides fellowship with a clean conscience
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Worship will change you (see Isaiah’s experience in Isaiah 6). Specifically, you’ll find that the more you see the greatness and goodness of God (and, in contrast, your lack), you’ll find that your heart (motivation) and body (activity) will be purified to line up with Him (See I John 1:9).
That’s because the Holy Spirit will flood your heart with His love (Romans 5:5) and Christ will clean you with His Word (Ephesians 5:26).
What this ultimately means is that He will make you worthy … even when you’re worried you aren’t good enough. He will both call AND equip to serve Him.
But it starts with us worshipping Him … giving all that we are to all that He is (Wiersbe).
Worship provides fellowship with a faithful God
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”
Worship will always reveal the truth–both the truth of our sin and need and the truth of God’s Divine nature. And one attribute that comes up time after time is His faithfulness.
He faithful to save us, breaking down the wall of partition our sin had erected (Ephesians 2:14). But He’s also faithful to keep us. As Paul writes in Philippians: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
It’s natural to doubt and fear as we make our way in the world. But in Christ, we are called to live with faith in His ability to keep us and pull us through (Hebrews 10:38).
If you can trust Him with salvation, you can surely trust Him with everything else, including:
- Comfort in your darkest moments
- Fruit for labor done for Him
- To hear and answer our prayers
- To speak peace in chaotic times
- To come back for us and take us home to heaven!
Worship provides Fellowship with a loving family
“And let us consider one another to provide unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
God’s Word indicates that real worship will bring us into a fellowship with other believers. A close, intimate encounter with God through worship will motivate us to love and encourage our Christian brothers and sisters so they will be able to obey God’s will.
In modern times, religion and faith are seen as private matters. But the writer of Hebrews says that worship of God will drive us to come together regularly so we can “exhort” each other.
Of course, we can worship alone. And there are many legitimate reasons that might keep someone away from the assembly–persecution, work, etc. But real worship begets the desire for more worship. And usually that will take the form of gathering with other believers who we help and encourage and who help and encourage us.
Even though getting God is enough (“my grace is sufficient” II Corinthians 12:9), you also get a family of people filled with the Spirit:
- To encourage and love you
- To pray with you and to pray for you
- To speak truth and love into your life
- To promote your growth in Christ
Real worship of God creates a virtuous cycle of encouragement, love & more worship—both corporate & personal.
Need your heart to be purified? Worship Christ and Him crucified.
Need your faith bolstered? Worship the One who is faithful & true.
Need to feel loved and supported? Worship Him that put you in His family.