The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/14/2000):

Worms or Worshippers?
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is from a new book by Douglas Wilson. The author has
assembled the calls to worship that were used in his local congregation over
the course of several years. Some are exhortations to the worshippers; some
are opening prayers; but all come from a desire to prepare worshippers to
worship our awesome and loving Heavenly Father.

THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE [Worms or worshippers?]
We have been privileged to assemble here again. But we are CHRISTIANS,
remember, so this means we do not present ourselves before God in order to
wallow in guilt, but rather to confess our guilt, as we will do in a moment.
But having done so, we will pass on into joyful worship and praise.

There is to be no worm theology here, and this can only be accomplished by grace,
because by nature we ARE in fact worms, and objects of wrath. So we humble
ourselves, but the Word then tells us that God lifts us up. We confess we
have been stuck in the miry clay, but God lifts us out, and sets us upon His
Rock. And on this Rock we stand, and if we believe that we do, then our songs
should be shot through with the joy that can only come from a DELIVERED

Still less do we come before God in order to pretend that we have no guilt.
For some, the closest they get to standing on the Rock is the pretense that
the sinking sand which is dragging them down, if considered from the right
vantage point, actually is, in its own way, its own kind of rock. Each person
interprets the definition of the rocks differently, and some of them die.

The ultimate purpose or end of our worship is the glory of God. A secondary
purpose, and one we should think about more than we do, is the salvation of
our souls. Have you gathered here this morning because you believe that God
has been kind to your soul, and has enabled you to worship Him rightly? If
so, you are called to confess your sins, and THEN, you are cordially invited
to enter in.

Nolan Publishers, 2000, p. 111.

Have a great week,

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