Where there is no Wonder, there is no Worship

Our ability to worship God is directly connected to our revelation of who He is and this revelation gives birth to wonder. According to the dictionary, the word “wonder” is both a verb and a noun. As a noun, it’s that tension between feeling both surprise and admiration “caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.” This perfectly describes Jesus, the object of our worship.


Revelation 4:1-11 paints the most vivid picture of the beauty of Christ. He is described as one who is seated on Heaven’s throne and whose brilliance is like gemstones, while an emerald glow encircles His throne like a rainbow. The magnificent creatures that surround this throne are filled with such wonder, that they never cease to worship Him declaring, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”


As a verb, wonder is described as a curiosity or desire to know something coupled with a sense of marvel or amazement. When Jesus told the paralyzed man to “pick up his mat and go home” (Luke 5: 24-26), the man did so and “went home praising God.” Those that saw it were “gripped with great wonder and awe” and their immediate response was to praise God. Where there is wonder, worship always follows.


Wonder enabled Paul and Silas to worship God while they were in prison for the sake of the gospel (Acts 16:24-26). As they worshiped, God sent an earthquake to open their prison doors, and He set them free. The eventual result was that the jailer turned to the Lord and they all worshiped God out of wonder.


Wonder also enabled the woman with the Alabaster box of expensive perfume to offer it to Jesus as an extravagant act of worship (Luke 7:36-50). Believing that Jesus was more valuable than her greatest earthly possession, she opened the contents of the box and poured it upon His feet- she then dried them with her hair. Her offering of worship is now a permanent part of the gospel story.

In Matthew 2, upon seeing His star in the east; the wise men travelled to Bethlehem to honor the birth of Jesus. They were filled with great joy and wonder when they saw his star and when it led them to the place of His birth, they fell down and worshipped Him.

Perhaps the greatest gift that any of us could receive during this holiday season is for the Lord to fill our hearts full of wonder so that we can fill His heart with our worship.

Derek Kirkman