The Worship Quote of the Week for (01/10/2006):

Knowing God
Have you ever tried to buy a gift for a complete stranger, or even for a distant relative whom you do not know very well? The premise of today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is that the more we know God, the more we can worship him appropriately. I think I need to read this important book again in its entirety.

What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God. What is the “eternal life” that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God. “This is eternal life, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent” (John 17:3). What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight, and contentment, than anything else? Knowledge of God. “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me” (Jer. 9:23f). What, of all the states God ever sees man in, gives Him most pleasure? Knowledge of Himself. “I desire . . . the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings,” says God (Hos. 6:6).

In these few sentences we have said a very great deal. Our point is one to which every Christian heart will warm, though the person whose religion is merely formal will not be moved by it. (And by this very fact his unregenerate state may be known.) What we have said provides at once a foundation, shape, and goal for our lives, plus a principle of priorities and a scale of values. Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.

— J. I. Packer, KNOWING GOD. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1973, p. 29. ISBN 0-87784-867-X

[Throughout the book, Packer asserts that there is more to knowing God than merely having a lot of facts about God. Whether you are old or young, may you come to know our glorious God even more dearly.]


Many blessings to you all in the New Year.

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

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