Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.
For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 2
With our loss of the sense of majesty has come the further loss of religious awe and consciousness of the divine Presence. We have lost our spirit of worship and our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence. Modern Christianity is simply not producing the kind of Christian who can appreciate or experience the life in the Spirit. The words, “Be still, and know that I am God,” mean next to nothing to the self-confident, bustling worshipper in this middle period of the twentieth century.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 1
Awe combined with intimacy is the essence of Christian worship.
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 90
Getting religiously active in church does not necessarily mean you have become a true worshipper of God.
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 32
The predicament we all share is that while we are new creations in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17) and have been given living hearts with which to know and worship God (Ezekiel 36:26-27), we are still very sinful people. We remain weak, rebellious and inclined toward drifting away from God until the day we see him face to face. Along with the hymn writer, each one of us can say that we are “prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.”
– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philippsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 26
When we worship at the altar of performance – and make no mistake, performance-ism is a form of worship – we spend our lives frantically propping up our image or reputations, trying to do it all – and at a cost to ourselves and those we love.
– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location gf
There is an assumption out there that worship can take place only when you’ve got a smile on your face. If that were true, two-thirds of the Psalms would be heretical. Instead the Psalms are filled to the brim with words that lament failure, pain, betrayal, and human brokenness.
– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 167-168