Why we Worship

PSALM 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!


Why Scripture?



 


I will sing with my spirit, I will also sing with my mind. 1 Corinthians 14:15


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Steven Charnock was one bright Puritan. His thinking on Spiritual Worship from his collection of articles on the attributes of God is deep water, but so helpful to our understanding of how worship "works." He says....

"Worship is an act of the understanding, applying itself to the knowledge of the excellency of God and actual thoughts of his majesty; recognizing him as the supreme Lord and Governor of the world, which is natural knowledge; beholding the glory of his attributes in the Redeemer, which is evangelical knowledge. 

This is the sole act of the spirit of man.  The same reason is for all our worship as for our thanksgiving. This must be done with understanding, with a knowledge and sense of his greatness, goodness, and wisdom. It is also an act of the will, whereby the soul adores and reverences his majesty, is ravished with his amiableness, embraces his goodness, enters itself into an intimate communion with this most lovely object, and pitches all his affections on him. 

We must worship God understandingly; or else it is not a reasonable service.  A reasonable service is that wherein the mind truly engages with God. Acts done only by sense are the acts of a brute.  Acts done by reason are the acts of a man. There cannot be religion where there is not reason. 

There cannot be an exercise of religion where there is not an exercise of the rational faculties. Since only worship done for some end qualifies as worship, worship of God must be for God, and only with the help of a rational faculty can we aim at an end. (Charnock Harrahphrase, page 223 of Attributes)









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