The Worship Quote of the Week for (01/14/2003):

Created to Worship
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE comes from a classic textbook on worship that has been
newly expanded and revised. Author Hughes Old presents an historical study of
the worship of Israel and the early church and traces the development of
worship through the period of the Reformation and beyond. These are the first
words of chapter one.

We worship God because God created us to worship him. Worship is at the
center of our existence, at the heart of our reason for being. God created us
to be his image—an image that would reflect his glory. In fact, the whole
creation was brought into existence to reflect the divine glory. The psalmist
tells us that "the heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament
proclaims his handiwork" (Psalm 19:1). The apostle Paul in the prayer with
which he begins the epistle to the Ephesians makes it clear that God created
us to praise him.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before
the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his
sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his
will, to the praise of his glorious grace . . . (Eph. 1:3-6)

This prayer says much about the worship of the earliest Christians. It shows
the consciousness that the first Christians had of the ultimate significance
of their worship. They understood themselves to have bee destined and
appointed to live to the praise of God’s glory (Eph. 1:12).

Expanded Edition, Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002, p. 1. ISBN

Have a great day!

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