Worship Matters: Bodily Expression and the Worship of God
- Sunday, January 05, 2003
The 24 elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever (Rev 4:10).
Clapping, shouting, kneeling, dancing, playing instruments, standing in awe, lifting hands, falling down. Given the variety of responses, it would be difficult to come up with a single form of expression that pleases God when we gather to honor Him corporately. Clearly all these actions are acceptable and appropriate in the worship of God, and this list is not meant to be exhaustive.
However, physical responses in themselves are no sign one way or the other that God is pleased with our worship. Next time we'll look at examples of bodily expressions that didn't please God.
Among the many books on worship being written today, D.A. Carson's Worship by the Book stands out as being uniquely biblical, balanced, passionate and practical. This new resource, with chapters by Dr. Carson, Mark Ashton, R. Kent Hughes, and Timothy Keller, will benefit anyone seeking to understand what kind of worship pleases God. You can order this online from the Sovereign Grace Store.
If you'd like to have a greater appreciation for the gospel, I would highly recommend to you a new book by my senior pastor, C.J. Mahaney, titled The Cross-Centered Life (Multnomah). It's a small book, but packed with truth. You can purchase it at your local Christian store or order it online from the Sovereign Grace Store . If you want to preview the book via video, visit Sovereign Grace Ministries online and click on the video link on our homepage.
To find out more about Sovereign Grace Ministries, visit our website at www.sovereigngraceministries.org.
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