Divine and Human Action
the theology of worship, ENGAGEMENT WITH GOD.
DIVINE AND HUMAN ACTION
There is no doubt that Scripture has much to say about the part we
play in the adoration and service of God. So, worship is often defined quite
broadly as our response to God. However, there is an important theological
context to be considered when worship is considered in such terms. That is,
we need to ask what role God plays in the engagement or relationship which is
true and acceptable worship. At one level we must discover from his own
self-revelation in Scripture what pleases him. We cannot simply determine for
ourselves what is honouring to him.
. . . In particular, we need to take seriously the extraordinary
biblical perspective that acceptable worship is something made possible for
us by God.
- David Peterson in ENGAGING WITH GOD: A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF WORSHIP,
Apollos, 1992 (1999 reprint), p. 19. David Peterson lectures in New Testament
at Moore College, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of HEBREWS AND
PERFECTION (Cambridge University Press).
[Lord, give us a clear picture of ourselves that we may know our need for a
savior. Show us yourself that we may worship you as you desire to be
worshiped. Thank you for making it possible for us to draw near. AMEN !]
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary