The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/07/2001):

God’s Presence in Worship
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another from the pen of A. W. Tozer. He was the
pastor of Chicago's Southside Alliance Church from 1928 to 1959. He never
went to a Bible school, seminary or university, but his many writings have
consistently and powerfully directed the reader's attention to the amazing
God who desires our love, devotion and worship.

If you do not know the presence of God in your office, your factory, your
home, then God is not in the church when you attend. I have come to believe
that when we are worshipping—if the love of God is in us and the Spirit of
God is breathing praise within us, all the musical instruments in heaven are
suddenly playing in full support. . . . It is my experience that our total
lives, our entire attitude as persons, must be toward the worship of God.

— A. W. Tozer (1879-1963), in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WORSHIP?, Camp Hill,
Pennsylvania: Christian Publications, 1985, p. 123. [as quoted by Vernon M.
Whaley in THE DYNAMICS OF CORPORATE WORSHIP, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2001,
p. 22, ISBN 0-8010-9109-8.]

[Tozer’s words find support in Isaiah 1:10-17 where God declares that he
will not hear the prayer of would-be worshipers whose lives are filled with
selfishness and evil. This warning is certainly an encouragement for us to
throw ourselves on the mercy of God and to seek to follow him and please him
with our entire hearts and minds, not just our Sunday morning ears and lips.]

Have a great week,

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