The Worship Quote of the Week for (10/27/1998):

What Is Worship?
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE brings us back to one of the basic ideas of Christian
worship. We see again that acceptable worship is response to God-who he is and
what he has done. The author is John Stott.

What, then, does it mean to worship God? It is to "glory in his holy name"
(Ps. 105:3), that is , to revel adoringly in who he is in his revealed
character. But before we can glory in God's name, we must know it. Hence the
propriety of the reading and preaching of the Word of God in public worship,
and of biblical meditation in private devotion. These things are not an
intrusion into worship; they form the necessary foundation of it. God must
speak to us before we have any liberty to speak to him. He must disclose to
us who he is before we can offer him what we are in acceptable worship. The
worship of God is always a response to the Word of God. Scripture wonderfully
directs and enriches our worship.

John Stott - in THE CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN, InterVarsity Press, 1992, p. 174

[Lord, give us the desire to know you better. Reveal yourself to us, so that
we may respond in worship. Amen!]

Have a great week,

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