Today’s Scripture: That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

Why do you want to go to Heaven? We ask people all the time if they know for sure they’re going to Heaven, but don’t usually think about why we want to go there ourselves. A good answer would be that Heaven is far better than the alternative, but a better reason would be the frequent opportunities Heaven allows us to worship Jesus Christ. For all eternity, we will offer Him our praise and exaltation.

If this sounds boring, it’s because we don’t really understand what worship is all about. The word “worship” comes from the Old English word “worthship.” It means to acknowledge and give worth to someone or something. Yesterday I wrote about giving worth to the right Person. Today I want to explain how to do it.

W.E. Vine defined worship in this way:

Broadly it may be regarded as a direct acknowledgment of God, of His nature, attributes, ways, and claims, whether by the outgoing of the heart in praise and thanksgiving, or by deeds done in such acknowledgment.

Worship is praise, but it doesn’t stop there. To stop there is to come up halfway short of where God wants us to be. Remember Satan once worshipped God. True worship involves a heart of praise which overflows into our words and actions.

How are you ascribing worth to God? Have you thanked Him for waking you up this morning? Do you acknowledge His control over your life by trusting Him to get you through hardship? He loves to hear your praises. Worship Him, for He alone is worthy.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.