Worship to the Creator
“Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord, Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 150:6)
Worship to God is the highest purpose of creation. God has made creation for worship. Worship is both intimacy with God as well as coming to a profound understanding that we people are not God. Worship involves gratitude, praise, repentance, and consecration. Sometimes worship is formal, other times spontaneous. Worship can be silent, it can also be raucous. Music is a universal medium for worship. Liturgy, poetry, dance, art, indeed almost every human expression and emotion can express in worship.
As Christians we value God's creation, however we do not worship creation(Romans 1:19-23). Christians value creation because God values creation, for God made creation "good" (Genesis 1). In right worship we respect that which God values.
The book of Revelation represents a scene in heaven before the throne of God with 24 elders continually worshiping God, saying, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for thu has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" (Revelation 4:11 KJV). This scripture clearly shows that everything was made for God's pleasure, and not simply for our own self-indulgent purposes.
A few verses later an extraordinary choir is depicted of every living creature worshiping God. "And every creature that is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, 'Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever'" (Revelation 5:13 KJV). If every creature worships God then to cavalierly snuff a species out of existence takes away a choir voice. And how does a creature worship God? Probably by just being in fullness what it is created to be.
According to Psalm 148 even the non-living creation praise God....the weather, mountains, hills, the sun, the moon, the stars, animals...people, too.
This page will link to worship resources, including music, liturgy, poetry, art, etc. Members are welcome to submit resouces including original work.
Scores of well-known hymns as well as contemporary worship music draws on themes of creation in praise of God. The following are some links: