Did you ever wonder why you were born and placed on this earth in the first place? Many people do, and their quest to find the answers as to the purpose for being here often leads them in very strange directions! Some pursue mind-expanding drugs; some explore Eastern religions and self-help courses; there are those who are convinced we have been reincarnated from something or someone who lived thousands of years back in history; or perhaps in a “former life” we were really a toad…who knows? Then they get into the strange belief that everything has a spirit; your great-grandmother may have come back as a tree, and if plants and animals are the same as us, we must do everything to save them! This is the basis for the New Age movement. Of course, they believe we must save the planet because God does not necessarily exist and, even if He did, He may be unable to maintain this vast Cosmos, including our galaxy, as He has for untold eons of time! Our small planet must be in danger and He needs our help to ensure it does not disintegrate!
Of course, the real crux of the problem is that humans have a God-shaped void in their hearts and souls which only their Creator can fulfill! Until they come into a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, and allow Him to be Lord of their lives, they will continue in their misery, trying all sorts of perversion, illicit sex, drugs, alcohol and pleasure which in the end will only leave them feeling emptier than when they started!
So, getting back to my question: “Why was I created?”…the answer is simple: God created us to have fellowship with Him and maintain the earth, including having dominion over all created things, until He chooses to come again and bring those who are in relationship with Him unto Himself for Eternity! Jesus said in Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (ESV) So, if these things are doomed for destruction at some point anyway, making way for the New Heaven and New Earth (Isaiah 66:22 and 2 Peter 3:13), why don’t we spend more time practicing our worship of God, who we will be with through Eternity, entering into His presence on a daily basis, instead of worrying about things we cannot change? I believe we have our priorities all wrong! Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (ESV) I believe Jesus was speaking of the material and mundane things of life we place so much importance on, while totally neglecting the Eternal values in which we should be more interested.
So, how can we enter into His presence in worship? I believe there are many ways to do this, not the least important of which is singing and playing instruments before Him! Even as our Heavenly Father loves to hear our praises, it builds us up, as well. I love Ephesians 5:19, “…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (NKJV) Another favorite of mine that says nearly the same thing is Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (ESV)
I believe the reason God wants His children to speak and sing their worship aloud is because He knows it builds us up in our innermost beings, edifying and fulfilling a need that is built into all human beings to worship someone or something higher than they are! We were created to worship our Maker and nothing else in the world will satisfy this deepest of all longings! Even the best love relationship in the world; the most wonderful spouse or children; the biggest mansion ever built; the finest cars, planes, boats and material trappings; jet-setting the world in luxury; and all that this world can offer will never fulfill this longing for God! It is why you have a longing to worship Him, and as you do so, you will sense His peace and joy in your life; the daily cares, loneliness and stress of life will fade away as you bask in His presence!
I Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (NKJV) Let us practice the words of Psalm 95:6, just one of hundreds of admonitions to worship in the book of Psalms: “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” (NKJV) Have you worshipped your Creator today?