How important is the Worship Ministry of the Church ?

I’m not sure if any ministry is most important or that those who preach, teach or lead in worship should be rated as more important.

The Apostle Paul penned an illustration from our human bodies.

For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:14-27 ESV

But, worship, for each of us as individual members, is of primary importance. Worship is simply explained by our English root “worth-ship”. It means “giving appropriate worth to someone, namely God. It is something we do with our attitude, words and actions. Worship is not simply giving God praise. It includes that, but it also includes everything we do. Do we do all for God? Or do we do what we do for ourselves?

When we worth-ship God, we set him at the center of our lives.

The center verse in the Bible says it well. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. Psalms 118:8 ESV.

Jesus said the same thing in different words. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV

In other words, when God is at the center and forefront of our lives, then there is a right order to our lives. That’s the lesson in the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of evil which were planted in the center of the Garden of Delight. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. … And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Genesis 2:9,16-17 ESV

Don’t try to displace God with ourselves. God told Moses the same thing when he gave him the 10 Commandments. Listen to the first four commands.

1. “You shall have no other gods before me.
2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them,
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.
Exodus 20:3-10a ESV

The reason that God must be first and center, and that worship puts him in his right place is explained in David’s psalm. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Psalms 22:3 ESV

When we worship God, we enthrone him. His rule is set up in our minds and bodies and so everything else is under the sovereign control of his actual presence. As David also wrote.

I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 16:8-11 ESV

Count the benefits of placing God at the center and on the throne of our lives.

Jesus explained just before he died. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 ESV