Yesterday in our worship celebration, one of our worship leaders asked the congregation, "Why do we worship?" Someone responded, "Because it pleases him."
We need to understand the point of worship. It is all directed at God. He is the audience. We are all performers for God's pleasure. The worship leaders encourage the congregation to sing and surrender to God.
Think about cheerleaders at a football game. Real fans don't go to a football game to see cheerleaders. They go to see the game, to root for the team. Cheerleaders just organize the cheers of the fans. How strange it would be to have a stadium packed full of fans who watch quietly as two dozen young people shout, "Block that kick!" The shouts would barely carry across the field.
So when we gather, we need to turn our attention to the One who is worthy. We cheer for him. We give praise to him. We open our hearts to him together. We are not the audience. He is.
It pleases him.