In our most recent Wednesday night meetings we have been discussing worship.
These are a few of my observations. The following comments are not exhaustive.
It is my hope that they will stimulate both questions to me and conversation with me and others who might enter the conversation.
- We are created for worship.
- From Genesis to Revelation the scriptures are concerned with worship.
- I would add that love, adoration, and giving of honor preexisted creation within the Trinity.
- Our reflection of this Trinitarian blessedness is reflected in our giving God glory and enjoying him forever.
- The Father is seeking those who worship Him, to worship in spirit and truth.
- Before the treasonous rebellion of Genesis 3, mankind (in Adam) was accustomed to Holy communion with his creator.
- Foreknowingly, God in eternity past, possessing all wisdom and power, graciously provided a way to restore this communion.
- This gracious provision is grounded in the person and work of Jesus the Christ.
- The irrevocable promises of God in the Old Testament find their fulfillment in Christ, and point to the time when the redeemed will again worship and enjoy the glory of God face to face.
- This eternal bliss of untainted worship will never diminish.
- To this we can with expectant hearts give thanks and glory to the provider.
- John 4 points to the heart of the Father and John 17 points to the heart of the Son.
- The Holy Spirit that dwells among us and in us points us to these realities.
- Worship is commanded.
- Worship is sought. Joh 4
- Everybody worships something or someone.
- The gifts of faith and worship have the same source and the same object.
- Q. Who do or should we worship?
- A. We should worship God and God alone.
- Q. How should we worship?
- A. We should worship in spirit and in truth and with fear and trembling.
- Q. Why should we worship with fear and trembling?
- A. “Our God is a consuming fire.”
- What is worship?
- A. Worship like faith is the Spirit effected response to the Spirit’s presentation/proclamation/revelation/illumination of the Triune God. (my definition is a work in progress so help me refine)
- Q. Are there internal expressions of worship?
- A. Adoration, praise, satisfaction, thanksgiving, dependence, and rest (these are Spirit effected responses)
- Q. Are there external expressions of worship?
- A. Yes, in both words and deeds that flow from the internal expressions of worship.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. ps.34:8