The Worship Quote of the Week for (10/24/2000):

Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is taken from the Ralph Martin's classic volume WORSHIP

It is the excellent worthiness of God, therefore, which makes our worship
possible; and when we offer Him our devotion, praise and prayer, this is to
be the thought which is uppermost in our minds: He alone is worship-ful. We
ascribe to Him all that is in keeping with His nature and revealed person.
Before His august presence and His great name (Malachi 1:11), who can refuse
to bow down and acknowledge that He is God alone? (1 Kings 18:29).

- Ralph Martin, WORSHIP IN THE EARLY CHURCH, second edition, Chapter 1, "The
Church - A Worshipping Community," Eerdmans, 1974. [If you are interested in
finding out about the nature and focus of worship in the early church, this
book is a great place to start.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky