“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” (from the Apostles’ Creed)
What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
Martin Luther, Smaller Catechism
Before there was a command to love God, there was the revelation, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” There is no truth, no validity in our worship if the one we worship is not the true and living Creator and Redeemer.
—Garry D. Nation, “The Essentials of Worship: Toward a Biblical Theology of Worship,” Journal of the American Academy of Ministry 5.3 & 4 (Winter-Spring 1997): 6-7
Rabbi Hanina ben Papa said, “To enjoy this world without a benediction is like robbing the Holy One.”
—b. Berachot 35b (Jewish rabbinical tradition)
Worship, by definition, is where the creature recognizes that he or she is a creature and God alone is the Creator. Worship is an act of submission, of placing oneself under the deity. This, of course, also implies a denial of one’s own divinity, a denial that one is lord over one’s own life.
—Ben Witherington, A Vision of Kingdom Worship, 36