This Is Worship
THIS IS WORSHIP
This is worship. It is to seek to give to God the glory which is due to his
name. Indeed, the best biblical definition of worship I know is to "glory in
his holy name" (Psalm 105:3), that is, to revel in the unique wonder of who
he is and has revealed himself to be. If worship is right because God is
worthy of it, it is also the best of all antidotes to our own
self-centredness, the most effective way to "disinfect us of egotism," as one
writer put it long ago. In true worship we turn the searchlight of our mind
and heart upon God and temporarily forget about our troublesome and usually
intrusive selves. We marvel at the beauties and intricacies of God's
creation. We "survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died."
We are taken up with God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus
taught us to do this in the Lord's Prayer, whose first three sentences focus
not on our needs but on his glory, on the honouring of his name, the spread
of his kingdom and the doing of his will. Because we are normally so turned
in on ourselves, we will not find this easy. But we have to persevere, since
nothing is more right or more important.
- John R. W. Stott, in CHRISTIAN BASICS, Eerdmans, 1969, p. 119.
Have a great week,
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina