Are You Insulting God in Worship?

If we gather for God, thinking that he stands in need of us, we insult him. But if we gather for God to drink deeply and feast upon all that he is for us in Jesus, we honor him.

By the way, we should give Matt Redman credit for making this quite clear in his song. If we ask of the lyrics, “Why are you here for God?” the answer is clear:

     Let Your breath come from heaven
     Fill our hearts with Your life

The worshiper comes not to infuse God with breath, but to receive it from him. The worshiper makes no pretense at filling up what is lacking God, but cries out that God fill his heart with divine and supernatural life.

Such is how a simple, short, three-letter word can be used either to denigrate and dishonor God, or to honor and extol him.

May it always be the latter when we come together and say, “We are here for you.”  

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Sam has spent 39 years in ministry and in 2008 became Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he currently serves. He has ministered in churches in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, & Missouri and was Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, 2000-2004. Sam is founder and president of Enjoying God Ministries and regularly blogs at