Worship Matters

Taking a quick break from prepping this weeks message about Moses to post some initial comments on the read.

If you're considering coming along on this reading journey, here's a quote that sets up the book -

Worship matters. It matters to God because he is the one ultimately worthy of all worship. It matters to us because worshiping God is the reason for which we were created. And it matters to every worship leader, because we have no greater privilege than leading others to encounter the greatness of God. That's why it's so important to think carefully about what we do and why we do it.

I would add that this is not just for those called to be "worship leaders." We are all influencing others with our worship practice, be it in the church building or elsewhere. The world sees who or what we worship in ways that are often not obvious to us.

Bob relates some personal stories that end with a great realization -

If you were really hopeless, you'd stop trusting in yourself and what you can do and start trusting in what Jesus accomplished for you at the cross.

We all have to come to grips with his own idolatry.

Pride causes us to lose sight of what really matters.

How do we know God? In studying Scripture. Theology is not something we should shy away from. Rather it is something that brings us into greater understanding of God - and therefore, a greater capacity to worship Him. It's hard work. But it's worth it.

When the heart's affection and mind's attention are focused together on God, we are closer to true worship.

I haven't gotten very far in Worship Matters. But it's good so far.

No takers on the free copy yet. I'll give it until Friday. Then I'll open the free copy up to the larger body and see what happens.

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2 Responses to "Worship Matters"

Tahd said... December 12, 2008 at 3:18 PM

I would be interested...

Heidi said... December 15, 2008 at 10:12 PM

I've read the first few chapters. It's very interesting. The portion about not being hopeless enough really resonated with me.

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