The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/10/1998):

Passion for God
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another from Harold Best's book MUSIC THROUGH THE

Being moved by music is secondary to worshiping God. The Spirit is always to
be free to direct our worship, whether the music moves us or not. It is only
when being moved by music is coupled to a PRECEDING passion for God that we
are truly moved. Behind all of this is the Lord's continuous invitation to
come and to continue worship. God wills that all of us worship him. Behind
all of these secondary movings-music, art, drama, dance, architecture,
atmosphere, and environment-is the primary mover, whose most quiet call and
gentlest reminder speak louder than our most elaborate art pieces.

-Harold Best, in MUSIC THROUGH THE EYES OF FAITH, chapter 7, "The Nature of
Worship, Faith, Grace, and Music Making," Harper Collins, 1993, p. 152.

[There it is again-worship as a response to the love and work of the "primary
mover." Note that the author is not speaking against emotion in music; nor is
he speaking despairingly against the use of the various fine arts in the
worship life of the church. He is merely warning us not to confuse an
emotional response to art with a passion for God.]

Have a great week,
Chip Stam