The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/12/2002):

What Is Worship?
We read about it; we sing about it; we pray about it; but what is it? What is
the glory of God in the Christ? Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE is from a new book
about the glory of Christ. The author of this excerpt is J. I. Packer.

What is glory? In biblical usage, this word (Hebrew, KABOD; Greek, DOXA) has
two distinct meanings. It signifies, first, divinity on display, God revealed
in his praiseworthiness, and, second, grateful praise and adoration given to
God both by word and by actions for the praiseworthiness He has shown. The
people of God are never in good spiritual health, never strong for spiritual
witness, and warfare, never energized through Christ in and for renewal until
fellowship with God the Father and friendship with God the Son have become
the mainspring of both individual and corporate life, and joy in praising God
and giving Him glory has become a habit of the heart.

ó James I. Packer, from "The Glory of the Person of Christ," chapter 2 in THE
GLORY OF CHRIST, edited by John H. Armstrong. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2002,
pp. 40-41. ISBN 1-58134-298-5. Other authors in this book are John H.
Armstrong, Albert Mohler, Jr., and Jim Elliff.

[Take a look at John 1:1-18 and Hebrews 1:3 for some clear biblical language
about Godís glory as seen in Jesus Christ.]

Have a great week,

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