How then shall we worship?


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Deut. 12.13-24 Take care that you do not offer your burnt offerings at
any place that you see, but at the place that the Lord will choose in
one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and
there you shall do all that I am commanding you.

Every generation has wrestled with it: How are Christians supposed to
worship God best? Typically the discussion is reduced mainly to questions
of style. What kinds of instruments are appropriate? What genres of music
fit best? Multiple musicians or one? Solos, duets, quartets or choirs? A
cappella or accompanied? Psalms only or other forms? Can we use responsive
readings, creeds, recitations, written or only extemporaneous prayers?
Hymnals, slides, overheads, pre-recorded music or live only? The list goes
on and on. But when all is said and done, none of those really strikes at
the heart of Biblical worship. Not the way our text does. Here, God was
specifying a place of worship. A specific locale where offerings were to
be brought and burnt. A spot chosen by Him for His purposes. One place
only where acts of worship would be freely and truly accepted. In the case
of Israel, the place was to be first the Tabernacle (which in fact was
mobile and traveled with them), and then the Temple - whose fixed place
was in Jerusalem. But what of us today? We, under the New Covenant
established in the blood of Christ have no holy places. We have no holy
times appointed. We have no specific holy objects. In the main I agree,
but in one respect I would suggest to you that nothing in this regard has
changed at all; that God is still very particular about the spot. That in
fact He will treat no worship valid but that offered up in the place He
Himself has chosen. It is in fact, the Cross. The Cross. This is the
single place where God will receive acceptable worship. Anyplace else is
an idolatrous choice. Where He most reveals Himself, is where He wants
most to be honored - In pouring out His Son's blood at Calvary, to make
an atonement for sin. Come beloved, especially on this celebration of
Jesus' resurrection. Come and worship the God of love, the God of mercy
and grace - at place He has marked out to be met and acknowledged. Make
all of your worship to take place at the foot of the Cross, and you will
worship well.
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3 thoughts on “How then shall we worship?

  1. Amen and AMEN!!!

    John 4:23,24

    Yet a time is coming … and has now come … when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.

  2. …This helps in that it is harder to lift up a self-oriented request….when worshipping at the foor of the cross.

  3. One of the points I take as a first principal about worship is that it reflects back to God who He is. At least, it reflects back to Him who we see Him to be. Thus the magnified joy of worship as part of the assy of the saints, in unity and love, reflects back something of the “Three-yet-One” mystery of the triune nature of God.
    Given that this is true, and that in the person and work of Jesus we most clearly perceive God (“He who has seen me has seen the Father” etc.), you are exactly right that any worship that does directly reflect “Christ and Him crucified” who is the Head of all things, that does not look to the cross and the empty tomb is not worship that is “in truth,” but a denial.

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