How Do You Get To Meaningful Worship

July 6, 2012

Here is a quote from Don Carson about corporate worship. As is always the case, I appreciate what he says because it is what I believe. We really worship not when we sing about worship (I bow, I sing, I stand, I, I, I) but rather as we sing about God. Telling ourselves to do something almost never works. Note particularly the last line of the paragraph.

Although there are things that can be done to enhance corporate worship, there is a profound sense in which excellent worship cannot be attained merely by pursuing excellent worship. In the same way that, according to Jesus, you cannot find yourself until you lose yourself, so also you cannot find excellent corporate worship until you stop trying to find excellent corporate worship and pursue God himself. Despite the protestations, one sometimes wonders if we are beginning to worship worship rather than worship God. As a brother put it to me, it’s a bit like those who begin by admiring the sunset and soon begin to admire themselves admiring the sunset. This point is acknowledged in a praise chorus like “Let’s forget about ourselves, and magnify the Lord, and worship him.” The trouble is that after you have sung this repetitious chorus three of four times, you are no farther ahead. The way you forget about yourself is by focusing on God—not by singing about doing it, but by doing it.

D.A. Carson, Worship By The Book

HT: Z

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One Response to “How Do You Get To Meaningful Worship”

  1. ancientcures Says:

    I’m with you, reminds me of the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years. She sought Jesus and thought if only I can touch the hem of HIS garment I will be healed. It is not about us it is All about Jesus. Worship is not what we do, but should be what we are. Our life should be worship to the LORD 24/7 not just on Sunday’s when we meet.


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