The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/24/1998):

Superior Worship
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE speaks to the constant temptation to rank one system of
worship as superior to another.

The Scriptures include or allude to just about every approach to worship
there is: organized, spontaneous, public, private, simple, complex, ornate or
plain. Yet there is no comment anywhere about any one way being preferred
over another. Rather, it is the spiritual condition of the worshiper that
determines whether or not God is at work. This fact alone countermands the
tendency to assume that if we could just find the correct or fashionably
relevant system, all will be well and God will come down. This doesn't imply
that we have no responsibility to make intelligent and sensitive choices or
to be creative. But whatever these choices eventually are, they are incapable
all by themselves of establishing the superiority of one system over

-Harold Best, in MUSIC THROUGH THE EYES OF FAITH, chapter 7, "The Nature of
Worship, Faith, Grace, and Music Making," Harper Collins, 1993, p. 146.

Have a great week,
Chip Stam