The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/27/2001):

Worship Is a Feast
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a reminder that God is the initiator in our
relationship with him. He is the first mover, the first seeker, the first
lover. The author is Sam Storms.

The proposition I want to place before you is this: If you come to worship
for any reason other that the joy and pleasure and satisfaction that are to
be found in God, you dishonor Him. To put it in other words, worship is first
and foremost a feasting on all that God is for us in Jesus. This is because
God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him. Or again,
you are His pleasure when He is your treasure. Which is to say that God's
greatest delight is your delight in Him.

The bottom line is that you and I must come to worship hungry! We must not
come with hands full of goodies and gifts, thinking that worship is
fundamentally where we serve and feed God. As we saw in chapter three, God is
not in need of us. We are in need of Him. Don't come to God with a cooked
goose on a platter, as if God were hungry. Come with open hands and an empty
belly and let Him honor Himself by filling you! We've already seen this, but
it bears repeating. Consider this claim, outlandish were it not God Himself
who makes it:

For every beast of the field is Mine, the cattle
on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the
mountains, and everything that moves in the
field is Mine. If I were hungry, I would tell you;
for the world is Mine, and all it contains.
(Psalm 50:10-12)

This sentiment was echoed by Paul in his sermon on Mars Hill:

The God who made the world and all things in
it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not
dwell in temples made with hands; neither is he
served by human hands, as though He needed
anything, since he Himself gives to all life and
breath and all things. (Acts 17:24-25)

Worship is a feast in which God is the host, the cook, the waiter, and the
meal itself.

Colorado Springs: NavPress Press, 2000, p. 210.

[The author acknowledges his debt to John Piper (DESIRING GOD) for the basic
tenant of this book. See <<>> for a
great quote by John Piper.]

Have a great week,

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