Quotes on Worship

A.W. Tozer

“If you’re not worshiping God on Monday the way you did the day before, perhaps you’re not worshiping him at all.”

“Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.”

“It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God.”

“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.”

“I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb. To great sections of the church, the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the “program.” This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the public service which now passes for worship among us.”

“Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them.”

“The church that can’t worship must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment.”

C.S. Lewis

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”

“It’s not out of a compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are. The delight is incomplete until it is expressed. In the same way, we delight to praise God because our praise of him not merely expresses, but it completes our enjoyment.”

John Owen

“The foundation of true holiness and true Christian worship is the doctrine of the gospel, what we are to believe. So when Christian doctrine is neglected, forsaken, or corrupted, true holiness and worship will also be neglected, forsaken, and corrupted.”

“Believers will receive nothing, practice nothing, recognize nothing, in the worship of Christ but only that which he has appointed. God never allowed the will of the creature to decide how best to worship God.”

John Piper

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions because God is ultimate not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever. Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory.”

“The climax of God’s happiness is the delight He takes in the echoes of His excellence in the praises of His people.”

“Worship is when the mind apprehends great truth about God, and the heart kicks in with deep feelings of brokenness or wonder and gladness and admiration and gratitude, and the mouth says something like, ‘Blessed be God! O blessed and praised and honored and glorified be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’”

“So you can see what is happening in the New Testament. Worship is being significantly deinstitutionalized, delocalized, de-externalized. The whole thrust is being taken off of ceremony and seasons and places and forms and is being shifted to what is happening in the heart – not just on Sunday but every day and all the time in all of life.”

“We belittle God when we go through the outward motions of worship and take no pleasure in His person.”

“If the Christian life has become the path of ease in the modern west, then corporate worship is the place of increasing entertainment. The problem is not a battle between contemporary worship music and hymns; the problem is that there aren’t enough martyrs during the week. If no soldiers are perishing, what you want on Sunday is Bob Hope and some pretty girls, not the army chaplain and a surgeon.”

“…faith-filled suffering is essential in this world for the most intense, authentic worship. When we are most satisfied with God in suffering, he will be most glorified in us in worship. Our problem is not styles of music. Our problem is styles of life. When we embrace more afflictions for the worth of Christ, there will be more fruit in the worship of Christ.”

“Strong affections for God, rooted in and shaped by the truth of Scripture – this is the bone and marrow of biblical worship.”

“Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of his worth. This cannot be done by mere acts of duty. It can be done only when spontaneous affections arise in the heart.”

Jonathan Edwards

“And the duty of singing praises to God seems to be appointed wholly to excite and express religious affections. No other reason can be assigned why we should express ourselves to God in verse rather than in prose, and do it with music, but only that such is our nature and frame that these things have a tendency to move our affections.”

“The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted.”

 Judson Cornwall

“Every expression of petition, praise and worship that David released to God, he communicated to a holy God whose dwelling place was holy by virtue of the divine Presence. Still, David had to admit “O God, You are more awesome than your holy places.” (Psalm 68:35) It is the character of God that makes the habitation of God sacred.”

“. . . all of creation places Jesus and Almighty God on an equal level in the matter of worship . . . In heaven the living creatures worship Jesus, the twenty-four elders worship Jesus, the angels worship Jesus, and all creation gives worship to him. He is indeed, worthy to be worshipped.”

“The Incarnation produced far more than redemption from sin–it restored our relationship with God, thereby making worship possible.”

N.T. Wright

“True worship doesn’t put on a show or make a fuss; true worship isn’t forced, isn’t half-hearted, doesn’t keep looking at its watch, doesn’t worry what the person in the next pew is doing. True worship is open to God, adoring God, waiting for God, trusting God even in the dark.”

“The closer you get to the truth, the clearer becomes the beauty, and the more you will find worship welling up within you. That’s why theology and worship belong together. The one isn’t just a head-trip; the other isn’t just emotion.”

R.C. Sproul

“The worship to which we are called in our renewed state is far too important to be left to personal preferences, to whims, or to marketing strategies. It is the pleasing of God that is at the heart of worship. Therefore, our worship must be informed at every point by the Word of God as we seek God’s own instructions for worship that is pleasing to Him.”

“The real crisis of worship today is not that the preaching is paltry or that it’s too drafty in church. It is that people have no sense of the presence of God, and if they have no sense of His presence, how can they be moved to express the deepest feelings of their souls to honor, revere, worship, and glorify God?”

“God is never pleased with ignorant worship, with worship that is not grounded in the knowledge of God.”

“God is serious about how we worship Him, and we must be serious about it, too.”

Various

“The song of our solitude should be full of living joy, And yet, I am afraid there is very little private singing nowadays. We often hear talk concerning private prayer, but very seldom of private praise — and yet ought there not to be as much private praise as private prayer? I take it, from how seldom we talk about it, private thanksgiving has grown to be a sleepy affair.”
Charles Spurgeon

“We are cold when it comes to rejoicing in God! Hence, we need to exercise ourselves in it and employ all our senses in it – our feet, our hands, our arms and all the rest – that they all might serve in the worship of God and so magnify Him.” John Calvin

“Worship is the spontaneous, irrepressible cry of the heart when the glory of the Creator breaks in upon it.” Richard Exley

“A good Christian is not a grave to bury God’s mercies, but a temple to sing his praises.” Thomas Watson

“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose and all this gathered up in adoration the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and source of all actual sin.” William Temple

“If the corporate worship in the church leaves people unchanged, the church is not really worshipping.” John MacArthur

“When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart.” Lamar Boschman