Worship is not about you as much as it is about God. When we worship the Lord, we are gathering together to give Him his due. God is the focal point of our worship. He alone is worthy to be praised. God has His rightful place in the universe; we have ours. His is as the object of all our worship. Ours is alongside all creation bringing Him praise.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:20-22, ESV)
Yes, you and I have a role in worship. Our role is that of worshipper. It’s important—indeed, it is vital—that the Lord, and the Lord alone, is pleased with our worship. God determines what is pleasing and satisfying to Him.
3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. (Genesis 4:3-5, ESV)
God’s ultimate goal in worship isn’t our happiness but His exaltation. When we gather together to worship the Lord, we are entering into His presence to ascribe Him the exaltation and praise that He alone is worthy of. That’s the purpose of worship.
For I will proclaim the name of the LORD;
ascribe greatness to our God! (Deuteronomy 32:3 ESV)
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 ESV)
The purpose of worship isn’t to please us, entertain us, or make us happy. When we leave worship regenerated and replenished we should be grateful for the goodness God has shown us. It’s a huge bonus; a big gift from the Lord of All. We should dance in the light of His smile shining down us, showing us favor and goodness. The Lord is overjoyed by His saints when we worship Him in Spirit and Truth. He is the Center. He is the Focal Point. Worship is for God, not for us; because He alone is worthy of worship.
All Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.