Worship is the Proper Response

December 17, 2010

Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because he is worthy, delightfully so. This side of the Fall, human worship of God properly responds to the redemptive provisions that God has graciously made. While all true worship is God-centered, Christian worship is no less Christ-centered. Empowered by the Spirit and in line with the stipulations of the new covenant, it manifests itself in all our living, finding its impulse in the gospel, which restores our relationship with our Redeemer-God and therefore also with our fellow image-bearers, our co-worshippers. Such worship therefore manifests itself both in adoration and action, both in the individual believer and in corporate worship, which is worship offered up in the context of the body of believers, who strive to align all the forms of the devout ascription of all worth to God with the panoply of new covenant mandates and examples that bring to fulfillment the glories of antecedent revelation and anticipate the consummation.

~ D.A. Carson, in Worship By the Book

One Response to “Worship is the Proper Response”

  1. David Alexander Says:

    Quick question Dennis. Just because someone may be moral and have heart felt feelings doesn’t mean they do or should Worship a Holy God. Is that what the first sentence is saying ? I would supose not because as a person may be moral and have feelings doesn’t mean they Worship a Holy God. Maybe I’m just parsing this out a bit much. Just think a beter way to say this would be that ” Worship is the proper responce of all Christians….”

    However we know that every knee will bow before a Holy God at some point.

    Also do we not Worship God for who he is in total as our God, Lord, and Redemmer in all His forms as father Son and Holy Ghost ? I mean that we respond to more than just the redemtive purpose of God. We respond to His love, His Grace and the life he brings. Can we say this IS redemtive ? Yes absoultely, but somehow in my gut it seems like more, it’s Restoritive in our relationship as Children of God as well. Maybe thats the same thing. But for me there’s more in Worship. It’s being in the very presence of a Loving God and breathing in Him if that makes any sense. Just trying to work though Carson’s word choice here. I have to stop and think what this means. The last sentence for me requires a dictionary 🙂


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