In the story of the 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus, only one came back to thank Him and give glory to God. Jesus said to the leper, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you and made you well.”

When we worship or revere the Lord, giving Him the glory due His name, we become who we were meant to be as human beings—a people who were made to worship God, His workmanship, created for His good pleasure, created for His glory!

When we glorify Him in worship, whether with music or prayer or service or whatever talents we have, we are (or could be) as intimately open to God as we will ever be, both here on earth and when we get to heaven. The potential for that kind of intimacy is there if our hearts are honestly open to God. That doesn’t mean we have to be super spiritual or perfect, just willing to be real before Him and praise and worship Him in spirit and truth just for who He is. It is a key, perhaps the key, to experiencing the presence and power of God in our personal lives. It is a mystery of God.

Truly salvation is near when we worship. Salvation means salvage from ruin, saving, restoring—the ability of God to move in our lives, to make us more like Jesus, to rescue, rebuild, reorient, comfort, direct and guide. Battles are fought and victories won in worship. People are delivered from bondages; the broken are made whole again. Some people can get a wake-up call in the Spirit, a kick in the pants if they need it, a conviction of sin and a call to repent. Things become clear all at once.

God inhabits our praises, the scriptures say. He does His work of salvation in our lives—whatever that may entail for us—when we give Him glory. Giving Him glory is why we are here in the first place. It is ultimately why we even exist.

So may we echo the wish of the psalmist, that glory may dwell in our land. Always.

[Nicholas Fedele is 35 years old stuck on 14. He is an RN charge nurse on a cardiac medical surgical unit in central New York. He has been married 11 years and has one 5-year-old daughter and one more child on the way (God willing).]