Worship and the Authority of God

Isaiah 6:1-3 (NIV) In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Worship is one of the subjects widely discussed in the church circles today. Most of the discussion has more to do with forms and styles than the essence of worship. Styles and aesthetics have their place but the essence of worship should not be sacrificed at the altar of forms. In his book, Return to Worship, Ron Owens states that the “fundamental problem with much of our worship today, and with our lives in general, is that we don’t see God as the God whose throne is really above the world. We don’t see Him as the God who lives outside of time.”

“Unless imagination is made captive to the truth of God’s Word, it will lead us astray.” Warren Wiersbe

The way people worship is a reflection of their understanding of God. Theology and worship are closely related. In fact theology influences worship. Whenever people lose the sense of the transcendent, they turn to idolatry. People have a tendency to depend on what is visible and tangible. But true faith causes us to trust in the One who is invisible but sovereign. It goes beyond our feelings and experiences. God has revealed Himself in His Word as the creator of the universe, the redeemer of the world, and the One seated on the throne.  As Owens puts it, “may we never forget that the One we approach to worship is the One who is from everlasting to everlasting. He has all authority and power. To Him be all blessing and honor and glory and power.”

True worship begins with having a proper knowledge of and a close relationship with God.

 

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Reference: Owens, Ron, with Jan McMurray. Return to Worship: A God-Centered Approach. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing Group, 1999.

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