The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/10/2004):

Seeing and Savoring God
Can we worship God without a proper knowledge of God? And what if we know about God but fail to value him as we should? Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE speaks clearly to the importance of both seeing and savoring God. The author is John Piper.

There are always two parts to true worship. There is SEEING God and there is SAVORING God. You canít separate these. You must see him to savor him. And if you donít savor him when you see him, you insult him. In true worship, there is always UNDERSTANDING with the mind and there is always FEELING in the heart. Understanding must always be the foundation of feeling, or all we have is baseless emotionalism. But understanding of God that doesnít give rise to feeling for God becomes mere intellectualism and deadness. This is why the Bible continually calls us to think and consider and meditate, on the one hand, and to rejoice and fear and mourn and delight and hope and be glad, on the other hand. Both are essential for worship.

. . . May the preaching of our churches more and more show the truth of Christ and savor the glory of Christ, May the pulpits of the land ring with exposition of the Word of God and exultation in the God of the Word.

ó John Piper, in THE SUPREMACY OF GOD IN PREACHING, Revised Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004, pp. 10-11. ISBN 0-8010-6504-6

[Here are a few quotes from the WQOTW archives that say sort of the same thing.]
(John Stott, Word and Worship)
(John Stott, Theology and Worship)
(John Stott, Knowledge of God leads to Worship)

Have a great week,

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

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