The Worship Quote of the Week for (09/29/1998):

Created in God's image
What are the implications for worship that come from knowing we are created in
God's image? Today's WORSHIP QUOTE comes from Harold Best's book MUSIC THROUGH

A Christian worldview maintains that God, the one and only Creator, is alone
worthy of worship. Recognizing that God created us in his image, it further
maintains that a unique aspect of that imaging lies in the capability of the
two beings to communicate with each other, to enjoy each other's presence, to
love each other without end, and to be at work continually together: the one
sovereignly creating, upholding what has been created and revealing himself to
it, the other responding through worship, adoration, stewardly work, and

Such communion and worship are possible only because of the unique
relationship between Creator and creature: the one is created in the image of
the other. The difference is one of infinity and infinitude: the Creator is
infinitely more-than, we are finite and less-than. Even so, the relationship
is based on kind: we are created in God's image. Hence worship is not a one-
sided affair, the one only getting and the other only giving. True, the
Creator, by his very transcendence, cannot be but worshiped. And the creature,
IMAGO DEI, cannot help but worship. True, the worth-ship of the one naturally
woos the worship of the other. But this relationship is also an exchanging of
gifts, because both are givers. This is a willing union of all-sufficiency and
dependence, sovereignty and subordination, prevenient love and responding
love, transcendent worthiness and temporal worth. We risk a paradox: while the
Creator calls for worship, the worshiper would rush to worship even if he did
not call.

- Harold Best, in MUSIC THROUGH THE EYES OF FAITH, chapter 7, "The Nature of
Worship, Faith, Grace, and Music Making," Harper Collins, 1993, p. 144.

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina