Weekends are for Worship: Right Conceptions in Worship

It’s been said that after “God created man in His own image”, it followed that man created god in his. It is essential to have the right concept of God in our worship. One of the problems I have with much that is called “worship” today, is that it focuses on the aspects of God’s nature that the worshipper is comfortable with or most resemble themselves. How long has it been since you worshipped God for that part of His character that you least understood, or felt the least comfortable with? With that and tomorrow’s worship in mind, here’s another passage from Charnock on proper worship.

Nourish right conceptions of the majesty of God in your minds. Let us consider that we are drawing to God, the most amiable object, the best of beings, worthy of infinite honor, and highly meriting the highest affections we can give; a God that made the world by a word, that upholds the great frame of heaven and earth; a Majesty above the conceptions of the angels; who uses not his power to strike us to our deserved punishment, but his love and bounty to allure us…Let us view him in his greatness, and in his goodness, that our hearts may have a true value of the worship of so great a majesty, and count it the most worthy employment with all diligence to attend upon him.

When we have a fear of God, it will make our worship serious; when we have a joy in God, it will make our worship durable. Our affections will be raised when we represent God in the most reverential, endearing, and obliging circumstances. We honor the majesty of God, when we consider him with due reverence according to the greatness and perfection of his works, and in this reverence of his majesty doth worship chiefly consist. Low thoughts of God will make low frames in us before him.

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2 thoughts on “Weekends are for Worship: Right Conceptions in Worship

  1. I resonate with something Calvin said in his last sermon:

    “Didn’t the Word of God burn in our heart?”

    I have experienced that burning.. it is life changing. Would that our worship experience such burning.

  2. While I agree that God’s word should create such a response, I caution using it certain situations, such as in areas with a large Mormon population. I live a city that is 50-60 percent Mormon and they constantly tell you to feel a “burning in the bosom” when reading the book of Mormon as evidence of its truth. Because of this, I don’t disagree, but hesitate using this reasoning outside of talking with orthodox brothers and sisters.

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