The Worship Quote of the Week for (06/18/2002):

Intention 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.

God tells us to make a sanctuary of our thoughts in which He can dwell. He
treasures our pure and loving thoughts, our meek and charitable and kindly
thoughts. These are the thoughts like His own.
As God dwells in your thoughts, you will be worshiping, and God will be
accepting. He will be smelling the incense of your high intention even when
the cares of life are intense and activity is all around you.
If God knows that your intention is to worship him with every part of
your being, He has promised to cooperate with you. On his side is the love
and grace, the promises and the atonement, the constant help and the presence
of the Holy Spirit.
On our side there is determination, seeking, yielding, believing. Your
heart becomes a chamber, a sanctuary, a shrine in which there may be
continuous, unbroken fellowship and communion with God. Your worship rises to
God moment by moment . . .
There really is no argument. We know what God wants us to be. He wants
us to be worshipers!

A. W. Tozer (1879-1963), in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WORSHIP? Compiled and
edited by Gerald B. Smith. Camp Hill, Pennsylvania: Christian Publications,
1985, p. 127. ISBN 0-87509-367-1

[Be intentional!]

Have a great week,

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