Why questions are always tricky. But often, they are the ones that really push us, that motivate us to go further.
We know we are here, but why are we here? Our answer to that question will determine much of our life. We are driven by our answers and even our contemplation of why questions.
But what about this why question: why does God forgive? Does that not seem like such a mysterious, unanswerable question?
He is so holy. We are so sinful. Why would He ever forgive us and show us mercy and grace?
The only way we would ever know God’s motivation (or really anything else about Him) is for Him to reveal it to us. Thankfully, we worship a revealing God, a speaking God.
He has actually already told us why He forgives and, depending on your perspective, the answer may surprise you.
In Psalm 130, the psalmist is considering both our sinfulness and God’s holiness. In Psalm 130:3-4, we read:
LORD, if You considered sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness,
so that You may be revered.
Did you catch it? Why is there forgiveness with a God so holy that no one could stand in His presence? So that God may be revered. Some versions say feared, some say served with reverence, but all of them give the idea of worship.
There is forgiveness for us, so that we will be able to worship. We are incapable of rightly worshiping God apart from His forgiving our sins.
If you are a follower of Christ, then your sins are forgiven. If you sins are forgiven, they were forgiven so that you would worship God. If you are not worshiping God, you are failing to fulfill the purpose for which your sins were forgiven.
Hopefully, we all know that worship goes way beyond singing a praise song or hymn once or twice a week. Worship is a lifestyle of service to God.
In Romans 12:1, Paul tells us that our spiritual act of worship is being a “living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.”
Knowing that our sins have been erased and we can now stand in God’s presence through the righteousness of Christ, we should worship Him. Worship is both the purpose and proper result of our forgiveness.
Here’s one final why question: Recognizing who we are, who God is and the depth of His forgiveness, why would we not worship Him?