The Worship Quote of the Week for (01/28/2003):

God as Center
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is another from the pen of A. W. Tozer.

There must be somewhere a fixed center against which everything else is
measured, where the law of relativity does not enter and we can say "IS" and
make no allowances. Such a center is God. When God would make His Name known
to mankind, He could find no better word than "I AM". . . . Everyone and
everything else measures from that fixed point. "I am that I am," says God,
"I change not."

As the sailor locates his position on the sea by "shooting" the sun, so we
may get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. We are
right when and only when we stand in a right position relative to God, and we
are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position.

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to
take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to
modify Him and bring Him nearer to our own image. . . . It is no use. We can
get a right start only by accepting Goad as he is. As we go on to know Him
better we shall find it a source of unspeakable joy that God is just what He

—A. W. Tozer, in THE PURSUIT OF GOD, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Christian
Publications, 1948, p.100-101.

[Lord, I have sinned. In your mercy, forgive me for trying to position myself
as the great "I AM." Help me to see you for who you really are and to respond
to you in spirit and in truth. Amen!]

For other WORSHIP QUOTES by Tozer, see the WQOTW comprehensive index at

Have a great week,

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