Why We Worship 4/16/2018

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Psalm 95: 1-7

Oh, come let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.

The sub-title to this Psalm says, ‘a call to worship and obedience.’

Why do we worship? The psalmist gives us a list of reasons:

  • He is the rock of our salvation
  • He is the great King over all gods
  • He is in the deep places of the earth
  • He is in the heights and hills
  • He made all things
  • We are His people

When I was ten, I decided that I wanted to be an archeologist, or anthropologist, studying dinosaurs and ancient civilizations. I was fascinated with all history and all sciences. To do this, I had to believe in evolution. My church taught me God created the world while my school taught me about evolution. I went quietly along in my life believing that, somehow, these two theories were the same, if only divided by eons of time. That is until they discovered ‘Lucy’. Lucy was the name given to a set of skeleton bones that seemed to be a mix of both ape and human. The scientists presented her as the ‘missing link’ of evolution.

I enrolled in Christopher Newport College in 1974 and spent a lot of time discussing with my professors how evolution worked and if it could be balanced with creationism. During this time, the Lucy remains were traveling throughout the colleges of America. They were presented with a debate between an evolution scientist and a creation scientist, and I was very anxious to attend.

At the time, not realizing I was at a crossroads in my life, I attended a Billy Graham crusade where I gave my life to Christ just before Lucy arrived on campus. A few weeks later, I, with my class and professor, attended a meeting held before the debate with one of the scientists traveling with Lucy. The professor introduced me as the most excited person to learn about Lucy. I had begged her to let me be at this meeting, and here I was, in a private meeting about the greatest evolutionary specimen to be found so far!

But something had changed in my heart. I realized I wasn’t excited anymore. I no longer cared about evolution. I had met the God of creation, and I knew the truth. I stayed in the meeting listening to them quietly as they claimed to hold the truth. They claimed Lucy proved creation was a lie, that people who believed in creationism were stupid, and that all creation scientists were idiots and should be kicked out of all academic circles. The more they talked, the more God tugged at my heartstrings. I came to understand that they were misguided, angry individuals, running from a loving God.

After the meeting, I walked away from evolutionary theory, understanding I was on a new path. I knew the God of creation and, no matter what anyone said, I would worship and follow Him for the rest of my life.

I could spend all day listing the evidence for the proof of creation over evolution, but it wouldn’t change anyone’s heart or life circumstances, only Jesus can do that. I won’t debate with people about evolution vs. creation. Instead, I will quietly (and at times loudly) worship the Creator and present Him to those who do not know Him.

One more note: among scientists, the most common explanation of the origins of the universe is the ‘Big Bang’. They believe a singularity exploded causing the outward expansion of our universe, and eventually all stars, planets and even life on earth. They are correct; the universe started with one big bang, and that bang was our Creator saying, “Let there be light!”

~Dee Ouellette

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