Thoughts on Worship, The Chief End of Man

One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him:  how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?”  And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.  So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

— Mark 2:23:28 (ESV)

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation… The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

— Genesis 2:2-3,15 (ESV)

Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, we see God giving man the pattern of work, rest, and worship, and we see thing in the Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

Obviously this is speaking of worship, but worship is so much more than we think it is.

Worship is not just the musical singing that we do on Sunday morning, or even our car rides to work jamming out to The Digital Age.

Our work is worship, our rest is worship. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:17, everything we do is an opportunity for and should be worship, a time to bring glory to God.

One aspect of work/rest is not more important. One takes up more time, but if sabbath rest is neglected, worship in full is not taking place.

Not forsaking the assembly of the Saints, take time to remember that the God who created you for work is the same God who created you for rest and worship. Find your rest, strength and praise in Him.

Recommended Resources:
100” by KB
Rhythms of Work, Rest, and Worship” by TOW Bible Commentary
All of Life is Worship” by John Piper
Worship is an End in Itself” by John Piper


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