What is worship?

Archbishop William Templeton: 

“Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God.
It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, nourishment of mind by His truth, purifying of imagination by His beauty, opening of the heart to His love, and submission of will to His purpose.

And all this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.” 
That’s what it’s all about!  I challenge you all to read this and chew on it, and then employ it next Sunday.  Actually, don’t wait until then; employ it as you study His word, and in every spare moment you have to worship our Father, think about this.  What does it mean to worship?  How is every part of our being engaged in the act of worship?  How does worship work both for my good and God’s glory? 
Think on Jesus’ faithfulness, love, justice, mercy, glory, compassion, sovereignty, patience, kindness, etc., and you will want to worship!  Read His word, contemplate His majesties, and you will grow in your comprehension of His greatness, even though you are just skimming the top of His wonders.   How can we be depressed or worried when we serve such an mind-blowing Lord?
Let’s worship Jesus with every breath today!


Published in: on September 17, 2008 at 9:05 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. Ooo … swweeet! What a GREAT thought! I printed a copy of this post, and I’m gonna dwell on it for a few days! Thanks for the thoughts! Worship … mmm … good stuff.

    And guess what? We are hanging out tomorrow night! I am pretty excited about it! See ya then! 😀

  2. Hi Alex –

    Thanks for the post! Would you consider an even further elaborating on each point? What would such a life look like? How does one practically apply them? What does this mean about ourselves? About God? About our relationship to him?

    I do not bow to the litmus-test of our age for all beliefs (pragmatism), but a balanced expression of your thoughts on the devotional and “applicable” aspects of this paragraph would be great!

    Many questions, little opinion. Does it work?

  3. sorry, ” an even further elaboration” or “elaborating even further”, take your pick!

    One point for you.

  4. Do you ever find it difficult to Be Still and listen? To Be Still so you can contemplate His holiness and beauty?
    He’s been asking me to Be Still lately-other than submitting my will to His, just stopping and relaxing in His presence is about the most difficult thing He asks me to do!

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