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A woman’s perspective: Was Victoria Osteen wrong about worship?

My husband and I were having coffee with friends last September and I shared with them Victoria Osteen’s controversial statement from a video clip of a Sunday worship service where she said:

“Do good for yourself, God doesn’t need your worship.  Worship is for you because it makes you happy and God wants you to be happy”.

I along with a crowd of verbal naysayers had picked up a stone and hurled it at her.

Our friends were silent. Wise friends!  Their silence made me question my tone.

Victoria and her husband Joel pastor Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. They have  gathered their share of critics.

I turned to my husband for support. He leaned back contemplating her statement.  “I think she is right, God doesn’t need our worship but he deserves it,” he said.

I was surprised.  I had hoped he would go along with me.

I always believed that worship was for God because He needed it, but does He? Is it our worship that keeps God going day-to-day fueling Him to greater works? Or, do we get more out of it than He does?

When King David was bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, he was happy and his joy overflowed into the dance. David was worshiping and he was feeling it!

“Then David danced before the Lord with all his might” (2 Samuel 6:14 NKJ)

In response to Michael (his wife) who was anything but happy about David”s wild abandonment before the people he replied;

“And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight.” (2 Samuel 6:22 NKJ)

In other words, David was telling his wife you haven’t seen anything yet!  David would not restrain himself when it came to worship.  His exuberance and utter abandonment was out there for all the world to see.

People ridiculed Victoria Osteen yet she stood her ground and would not retract her statement because she not only believed it but experienced it. You can’t take that away from anyone!

Worship is about letting go and abandoning ourselves to God, where we engage God whether we’re happy or sad.  Worship is for our benefit as we acknowledge our relationship with God.

I get pleasure out of worshiping God.  I feel connected to Him.  I forget about myself.  I am caught  up in the joy and peace I am experiencing.

Victoria Osteen is right, worship is for our benefit.


  • Lead photo: Joel and Victoria Osteen: yourfaithchurch/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

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