Quotes About Worship
Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader. Such acts may involve honoring. Worship means fulfilling God’s commands in one’s daily life and fulfilling the obligations of being His servant, while servanthood is interpreted as living in the consciousness of being a servant.
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Worship means one’s sincere acknowledgement of himself or herself as a servant and God as the sole and true Object of Worship. It consists in a servant designing his or her life in accordance with the relations between a true servant and the True Object of Worship, in the light of the fact that one is the created and the other the Creator. – M. Fethullah Gulen
Worship means one’s thankfulness for the bounties with which he or she is endowed, such as life, consciousness, power of perception and faith, while negligence of the duty of worship is crude ingratitude. – M. Fethullah Gulen
Worship is a road to travel, opened by the Being Who commands us to belief, and it is a set of good manners that He ordered us to observe, so that we could finally reach Him and obtain happiness in both this life and the next. It is not possible for those who cannot find this way and acquire these manners to reach God, the Truth. – M. Fethullah Gulen
Worship is the safest way to reach the most unshakable certainty in one’s conscience about the greatest truth known only theoretically at the outset. In each station on this way along which consciousness seeks certainty on the wings of reverence and respect, a person experiences a different taste of catching glimpse of the Beloved. – M. Fethullah Gulen
Some souls, shut off to the truth, have spent their lives studying only certain theoretical matters; even if they live in the enchanting company of the most eloquent, articulate tongues and the most fascinating expressions about the truth, they cannot advance even a meter toward it. – M. Fethullah Gulen
Worship is a blessed, growing resource feeding a person’s thoughts and deliberations of being good, righteous and virtuous, and a mysterious elixir which reforms the innate tendencies of selfhood toward evil. One who has recourse to this resource a few times a day with reflection on Divine truths and remembrance of God, has entered on the way to becoming a perfect one and taken shelter against the temptations of the carnal self.– M. Fethullah Gulen
Worship is developing the potential in a person to be like angels in order to be fitted for Paradise and bringing under control the bestial inclinations and potentialities. So far in human history, by means of their worship many have surpassed angels, while many others, refusing worship, have fallen to the lowest of the low. – M. Fethullah Gulen
The most meritorious of the acts or services of worship is knowing and loving God Almighty and being beneficial to humanity. If there is something more meritorious and commendable than this, it is seeking God’s approval and good pleasure in whatever one does and, moved by the command, “Be straightforward as you are commanded,” always being in pursuit of what is the truest and highest ideal in life.- M. Fethullah Gulen
Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can’t contain Him. Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate? – Francis Chan
Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music. – Martin Luther
Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because he is worthy, delightfully so. – D.A. Carson
Put it this way: if your idea of God, if your idea of the salvation offered in Christ, is vague or remote, your idea of worship will be fuzzy and ill-formed. 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 headtrip; the other isn’t just emotion. – N.T. Wright
There are no unique postures and times and limitations that restrict our access to God. My relationship with God is intimate and personal. The Christian does not go to the temple to worship. The Christian takes the temple with him or her. Jesus lifts us beyond the building and pays the human body the highest compliment by making it His dwelling place, the place where He meets with us. – Ravi Zacharias
But just as your body needs sleep, your soul needs time to rest in God. To learn more about Him. To talk to Him. To worship and praise Him. To fellowship with other brothers and sisters. – Craig Groeschel
The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. – Billy Graham
God directs his people not simply to worship but to sing his praises ‘before the nations.’ We are called not simply to communicate the gospel to nonbelievers; we must also intentionally celebrate the gospel before them. – Timothy J. Keller
It’s God’s will that we become true worshipers. And when something is God’s will, he will move heaven and earth to help us do that thing. He wants us as close to him as we can possibly be. He longs to open the windows of heaven and pour out more and more of his love on us. Our only job is to surrender to him on a daily basis so that he can daily give us more of himself. But the Lord is such a gentleman, he will never force us to do anything. He leaves the act of surrendering up to us. And that’s where it has to start. – CeCe Winans
The Bible describes worship in physical terms. The root meaning for the Hebrew word we translate worship is to prostrate. The word bless literally means to kneel. Thanksgiving refers to an extension of the hand. Throughout Scripture we find a variety of physical postures in connection with worship: lying prostrate, standing, kneeling, lifting the hands, clapping the hands, lifting the head, bowing the head, dancing, and wearing sackcloth and ashes. The point is that we are to offer God our bodies as well as all the rest of our being. Worship is appropriately physical. – Richard J. Foster
He loves our praise, it’s His conduit to break open heaven. — Jacob Cook
I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on. — John Ortberg
But just as your body needs sleep, your soul needs time to rest in God. To learn more about Him. To talk to Him. To worship and praise Him. To fellowship with other brothers and sisters. — Craig Groeschel
The aim is not to be worship leaders, butto be worshippers. — Unknown
Worship is an incredible privilege, not a religious duty. — Unknown
The purpose of this Christian society called the church is first to glorify God by our worship. We do not go to church just to hear a sermon. We go to church to worship God. — Billy Graham
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. — Victor Hugo
Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because he is worthy, delightfully so. — D.A. Carson
Worship is more than singing. It’s more than just lyrics to a song. Worship is standing in the presence of God and declaring praises to His name. — Unknown
The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. — Billy Graham
Even when it hurts, we can praise Him. Even in the storms of life, we can find Him. In those situations our calling is tested. Are we truly ready to pick up our cross and follow Him? — John Williams
There are no unique postures and times and limitations that restrict our access to God. My relationship with God is intimate and personal. The Christian does not go to the temple to worship. The Christian takes the temple with him or her. Jesus lifts us beyond the building and pays the human body the highest compliment by making it His dwelling place, the place where He meets with us. — Ravi Zacharias
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, For He is our God. – Psalm 95:6-7
Worship is like breathing: you’re created to do it all the time. It’s a lifestyle. – Joseph L. Garlington
Worship is a verb. – Robert Webber
Don’t let life affect your worship; let your worship effect life. – LaMar Boschman
We must learn to perfect our worship through the Holy Spirit. Worship holds the key to the throne room of God and true intense intimacy with Him. – Jacob Toback
I’ve made a choice to rejoice in the Lord. – Bob Fitts
True worship is not just an emotional experience. It reaches to the very depths of our souls and touches every aspect of our being. – Bill McCartney
To worship is to act as inferior before a superior. When I worship God, I am saying by my actions, God, You are better than I am. You are bigger than I am. You are more than I am. – Joseph L. Garlington
Worship is about encounter-coming into God’s presence. – Jack Hayford
Don’t come into the presence of God to impress Him with something He gave you!. – T. D. Jakes
Worship is an exercise of the Holy Spirit directed primarily to God. – Ralph Martin
The revelation of God is the fuel for the fire of our worship. – Matt Redman
Worship is at the center of everything that the church believes, practices, and seeks to accomplish. – Robert Wierbe
Worship is our reason for being. – Tom Kraeuter
Worship is the believer’s response of all that he is—mind, emotions, will, and body—to all that God is and says and does. – Warren W. Wiersbe
It is sometimes said that conduct is supremely important and worship helps it. The truth is that worship is supremely important and conduct tests it. – William Temple
Christians believe that true worship is the highest and noblest activity of which man, by the grace of God, is capable. – John R. W. Stott
No one ever truly comes to know, honor, or worship God without being changed in the process. – James M. Boice
To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God. – William Temple
Our true worship says to Him that we understand we have been purchased with His son’s blood’. – Jacob Toback
True spiritual worship will cause God Almighty to come and sit with you, for He is enthroned in the midst of your praises. – Joseph L. Garlington
Praise to God is the most unselfish act that a human being can perform, especially when they are experiencing various kinds of pain and upset. There is a sentence used in the Bible that describes the highest form of praise to God. It is an honor that was granted to the Levites and the Sons of Zadok (who were priests), and that honor was to minister to the Lord.” To minister to the Lord means, to bless God, to congratulate Him, to honor Him for who He is, His eternal covenant and to bring gifts to Him.” It’s all about giving to God, not receiving, and once this takes place, God always responds with blessings upon His people. – Kim Clement
The whole person, with all his senses, with both mind and body, needs to be involved in genuine worship. – Jerry Kerns
When God’s people begin to praise and worship Him using the Biblical methods He gives, the Power of His presence comes among His people in an even greater measure. – Graham Truscott
A glimpse of God will save you. To gaze at Him will sanctify you. – Manley Beasley
If we are going to worship in Spirit, we must develop a spirit of worship. – Michael Catt
As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. Holy obedience saves worship from becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern life. – Richard Foster
Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped. – Jack Hayford
As John 4:23 says, Its time, as worshipers of God, to give him all we have. For when he is exalted, everything about me is decreased. So many times we stand in the way of really stepping into the secret place of worship with God. Just abandon tradition and the “expected” ways of Praise & Worship and get lost in the holy of holies with the sole intention of blessing the Fathers heart. – Jessica Leah Springer
When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart. – Lamar Boschman
Our entire being is fashioned as an instrument of praise. Just as a master violin maker designs an instrument to produce maximum aesthetic results, so God tailor-made our bodies, souls and spirits to work together in consonance to produce pleasing expressions of praise and worship. When we use body language to express praise, that which is internal becomes visible. – Don McMinn
Praise is Fitting for the Upright – Psalm 33:1b
How quickly we forget what it’s all about. We can get so strategic that we worship so our church will grow, not because He is worthy. But we’re doing all this because God is worthy and we want to worship Him. – Tommy Walker
The first element in worship is adoration. The Hebrews expressed this by their posture and not alone my their word. For they prostrated themselves before God. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. They did not come with an easy familiarity into the presence of God, but were aware of his greatness and majesty, and came with a sense of privilege to His house. – H. H. Rowley (“Worship in Ancient Israel” p. 257)
Whenever His people gather and worship Him, God promises He will make His presence known in their midst. On the other hand, where God’s people consistently neglect true spiritual worship, His manifest presence is rarely experienced. – Ralph Mahoney
Surely that which occupies the total time and energies of heaven must be a fitting pattern for earth. – Paul E. Billheimer
When we worship together as a community of living Christians, we do not worship alone, we worship ‘with all the company of heaven. – Marianner H. Hicks
If there is one characteristic more than others that contemporary public worship needs to recapture it is this awe before the surpassingly great and gracious God. – Henry Sloane Coffin
The time has come for a revival of public worship as the finest of the fine arts…While there is a call for strong preaching there is even a greater need for uplifting worship. – Andrew W. Blackwood
Today God is calling his Church back to worship. This can be seen in high church circles where there is a renewed interest in intimacy with God. It can be seen in low church circles where there is a renewed interest in liturgy. It can be seen everywhere in between these two. It is as if God is saying, I want the hearts of my people back! And if we long to go where God is going and do what God is doing, we will move into deeper, more authentic worship. – Richard J. Foster
Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer, hear the cry of those in misery and need. In their afflictions show them your mercy, and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them, for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Book of Common Worship
If you don’t worship… you’ll never experience God. – David Jeremiah
The infamous criminal Willie Sutton was once asked why he robbed banks. His reply? Because that’s where the money is.
A similar reasoning motivates our enemy. Why does Satan work so hard at deceiving believers in Jesus? Why, in every generation, does he continually unleash legions of false teachers on the church? Answer: Because that’s where the worship is. The devil hates to see God honored. He will do anything to stop this. In fact, he would really like to steal this affection for himself. – From the iworship Devotional Bible
For years, the church has emphasized evangelism, teaching, fellowship, missions, and service to society to the neglect of the very source of its power – worship. – Robert E. Webber
Worship is giving God the best that he has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to him in a deliberate act of worship.– Oswald Chambers
The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart. – Plutarch
We worship whom we trust, and we trust whom we know. – David Jeremiah
Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped. – Jack Hayford
Worship and intercession must go together; one is impossible without the other. – Oswald Chambers
I need to worship because without it I can forget that I have a big God beside me and live in fear. I need to worship because without it I can forget his calling and begin to live in a spirit of self-preoccupation. I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on. I need worship because my natural tendency is toward self-reliance and stubborn independence. – John Ortberg
You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run. – Augustine of Hippo
We are perishing for lack of wonder, not for lack of wonders. – G. K. Chesterton
To worship is to know, to feel, to experience the resurrected Christ in the midst of the gathered community. It is a breaking into the shekinah of God, or better yet, being invaded by the shekinah of God. – Richard J. Foster
Worship is rooted in an event – the living, dying, and rising again of Jesus Christ in history. – Robert Webber
When men worship Jesus Christ, they do not fall at his feet in broken submission, but in wondering love. A man does not say, ‘I cannot resist a might like that.’ He says, ‘Love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my soul, my all.’ A man does not say, ‘I am battered into surrender.’ He says, ‘I am lost in wonder, love, and praise.’ – William Barclay
A vital ingredient of worship is expectancy believing that something good is going to happen. – R. T. Kendall
Silence is far more than the absence of sound. Silence constitutes a vital part of the divine-human dialogue. In silence, worshipers can experience interchanges with God that will not be known where silence does not prevail. – C. Welton Gaddy
I must take time to worship the One whose name I bear. – Oswald Chambers
Worship is the intentional attitudes and actions of focusing on God. – Byron Spradlin
We should know and celebrate God with our whole person. While too many Christians neglect to serve God with the mind, others cultivate only their minds and neglect the emotional aspects of worship. – Craig S. Keener
Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence. – Rick Warren
Cause every task of your day to be a sacred ministry to the Lord. However mundane your duties, for you they are a sacrament. – Richard Foster
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 of this gathered up in adoration. – William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury
Your heart’s desire, even if you haven’t realized it, is to live every moment in the wonder of worship. – David Jeremiah
Have an eye to God in every word you sing. – John Wesley
God’s training ground, where the missionary weapons are found, is the hidden, personal, worshiping life of the saint. – Oswald Chambers
If we want to worship in spirit and in truth, we need to rediscover the capacity to wonder that God placed within each of us. – David Jeremiah
The time has come for a revival of public worship as the finest of the fine arts…. While there is a call for strong preaching there is even a greater need for uplifting worship. – Andrew W. Blackwood
If you truly meet God, you will worship; and if you truly worship, others will be drawn to God. – Gerrit Gustafson
What we worship determines what we become. – Harvey F. Ammerman
Stand true to God and he will bring out his truth in a way that will make your life an expression of worship. – Oswald Chambers
Man is never more truly man than when he worships God. – James B. Torrance
Our heavenly Father loves us with an extravagant abandon. Passionate, undignified worship is our only reasonable response. – Matt Redman
If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped. – Evelyn Underhill
God is not moved or impressed with our worship until our hearts are moved and impressed by Him. – Kelly Sparks
You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. – Augustine
To worship in spirit is to draw near to God with an undivided heart. – Erwin Lutzer
Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep, but lift up your voice with strength. – John Wesley
Worship is the act of magnifying God. Enlarging our vision of him. Stepping into the cockpit to see where he sits and observe how he works. – Max Lucado
As you worship, so you serve. – Thomas L. Johns
I need to know more about how to worship and to praise my Father, for it’s the essential task that connects my temporal life with my eternal one. – David Jeremiah
Worship does not satisfy our hunger for God – it whets our appetite. – Eugene Peterson
A private relationship of worshiping God is the greatest essential element of spiritual fitness. – Oswald Chambers
Worship is transcendent wonder. – Thomas Carlyle
The Sabbath is a time we suspend dominion work and instead worship the dominion-Maker. We cease reaping for our own cupboards and instead bring an offering to Him. The Sabbath rest is not simply the pause: it is the essence. We rest not because we are tired. We cease our labor not because it is finished. We worship not because there are now grapes on the vine and cattle in the stalls. We rest and worship one day in seven simply because He is the Lord. – Dr. Richard Swenson
Forget an annual Mission Sunday. Make every day a mission day and every worship service a mission service. In fact, worship services need to be precisely what they say they are: worship service. – Dr. Leonard Sweet
Humanity was born of of God’s desire for worship. Worship is the doorway to God’s love and provision. When we become worshipful people, the floodgates open and God enters our lives. – John S. Miller
In general rejoice in him and make a fool of yourself for him the way lovers have always made fools of themselves for the one they love. – Frederick Buechner
One of the most significant and important points to understand about worship is that it’s the point of the church’s being, not just a part. If worship is true to God’s purpose and plan, it will serve as the front line of Christ’s power to change and restore human lives. – Dr. Jack W. Hayford
Four wonderful and reassuring truths form the basis of God’s self-revelation to his people. First, God is knowable. Count it all joy! God can be known – by us. Second, God wants us to know him; this is his heart’s desire. Third, God delights to be known. Fourth, God is constantly in the process of making himself known to people – especially to those who hunger and thirst after him. These are four plain truth, good news assumptions that every sincere worshipper may rejoice in and act upon when engaging with God in worship. – Dr. Bruce H. Leafblad
To worship God in truth is to worship God not as we think him to be, not as we hope him to be, not as we’d like him to be, but as he is. When people see God as he is, worship happens. Matthew 28:17 says, When they saw him, they worshipped him. The revelation of God’s person prompts worship. – – Dr. Bruce H. Leafblad
In much of the evangelical community today, regular confession of sin has all but disappeared from public worship…. It goes without saying that sin in the church behaves the same way as sin in the world. It destroys, corrupts, divides, robs, perverts, damages, distorts, blinds, weakens, confuses, ruins, and kills. If sin in the world is an offense to God, how much more, sin in the church? We need to remember that Jesus Christ died not only for the sins of the world, but also for the sins of the church. – Dr. Bruce H. Leafblad
Worship won’t begin to make sense until we understand its place in God’s total plan. God gave worship so that we might become partners in his highest purposes. If we are obedient to God’s design for worship, we place ourselves under his kingdom rule. Most importantly, however, obedient worship makes possible a reinvestment of God’s rule among humankind. – Dr. Jack W. Hayford
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
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
Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music. – Martin Luther
…I’ve come to some conclusions in the last few years. The first is that God uses people who are desperate for his grace to lead others in worship. Vocal precision and perfection pale next to the posture of a worshipper’s heart. Secondly, worship is much more than singing, dancing, reading, or any other physical manifestation. Worship is an offering of ourselves – our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits – to God. Giving him the first fruits of our attention and affection is more valuable than anything we could ever put in the offering plate on Sunday. – Kim Hill with Lisa Harper
…worship stands at the center of the church’s life and mission. It’s the summit toward which the church moves and the source from which all of its ministries flow. It’s the most important action the church is about. Worship informs the church’s teaching, gives shape to its evangelistic mission to the world, and compels the church toward social action. Worship is the context in which the true fellowship of Christ’s body is realized and where those who participate can find real healing. The single most important thing the church can do is worship. A vibrant worship life will glorify God, edify the faithful, and engage the seeker. – Dr. Robert Webber
Adolescence has a way of elevating the impact of peer pressure and inhibiting overt acts of tenderness toward fathers. Don’t allow that same syndrome to curtail your displays of worship to your heavenly Father. Extravagant worship should be the norm, not the exception. – Tommy Tenney
Among adults who regularly attend church services, one-half admit that they haven’t experienced God’s presence at any time during the past year. Remember, this is not among the Easter-and-Christmas-only church attenders, but among people who attended an average of more than two dozen worship services last year. – George Barna
Responsibility to Worship. Most adults will contend that a Christian has a responsibility to worship God. However, when asked to define what worship means, two out of three are unable to offer an appropriate definition or description of worship. – George Barna
For most Americans worship is to satisfy or please them, not to honor or please God. Amazingly, few worship-service regulars argue that worship is something they do primarily for God; a substantially larger percentage of attenders claim that attending worship services is something that they do for personal benefit and pleasure. – George Barna
We found that a common obstacle to facilitating real worship is that the church’s leaders do not understand what worship is and isn’t. Despite seminary education and denominational guidance, a shockingly high number of church leaders have no real understanding or philosophy of worship… – George Barna
A. W. Tozer
We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God. – A. W. Tozer
God wants worshipers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship. – A. W. Tozer
Without worship we go about miserable. – A. W. Tozer
We’re here to be worshipers first and workers only second. – A. W. Tozer
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. – 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. – A. W. Tozer
Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us. – A. W. Tozer
It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God. – A. W. Tozer
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. – A. W. Tozer
Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them. – A. W. Tozer
The church that can’t worship must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment. – A. W. Tozer
We must never rest until everything inside us worships God. – A. W. Tozer
We cannot pray in love and live in hate and still think that we are worshiping God. – A. W. Tozer
A lot of hymns writers who should have been cutting the grass at the time have written songs instead. – A. W. Tozer
God is trying to call us back to that for which He created us, to worship Him and to enjoy Him forever. – A. W. Tozer
Charles H. Spurgeon
God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exultation. – Charles H. Spurgeon
Worship is the highest elevation of the spirit, and yet the lowliest prostration of the soul. – Charles H. Spurgeon
Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else. – Charles H. Spurgeon
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 H. Spurgeon
I believe that in public worship we should do well to be bound by no human rules, and constrained by no stereotyped order. – Charles H. Spurgeon
Depend on it, my hearer, you never will go to heaven unless you are prepared to worship Jesus Christ as God. – Charles H. Spurgeon
Do not flatter yourselves: if you go to places of worship merely to look about you or to hear music, you are not worshipping God. – Charles H. Spurgeon
I can admire the solemn and stately language of worship that recognizes the greatness of God, but it will not warm my heart or express my soul until it has also blended therewith the joyful nearness of that perfect love that casts out fear and ventures to speak with our Father in heaven as a child speaks with its father on earth. My brother, no veil remains. – Charles H. Spurgeon
All places are places of worship to a Christian. Wherever he is, he ought to be in a worshiping frame of mind. – Charles H. Spurgeon
C. S. Lewis
We only learn to behave ourselves in the presence of God. – C. S. Lewis
The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance. – C. S. Lewis
In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him. – 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. – C. S. Lewis
It is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men. – C. S. Lewis
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. – C. S. Lewis
Worship has been misunderstood as something that arises from a feeling which ‘comes upon you,’ but it is vital that we understand that it is rooted in a conscious act of the will, to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. – Graham Kendrick
Worship is first and foremost for His benefit, not ours, though it is marvelous to discover that in giving Him pleasure, we ourselves enter into what can become our richest and most wholesome experience in life. – Graham Kendrick
Worship is God’s enjoyment of us and our enjoyment of him. Worship is a response to the father/child relationship. – Graham Kendrick
Worship in truth is worship that arises out of an actual encounter with God, a response to the experience of knowing God’s real presence and activity in our daily lives. This has nothing to do with sentiment, thinking religious thoughts or having aesthetic experiences in church buildings; any religion can give you that sort of thing. – Graham Kendrick
Worship is at heart a person offered to God, claiming no rights, making no more selfish demands than a dead man does, but living fully, richly and wholly to God and by His power. – Graham Kendrick
You worship God . . . when you come to hear a sermon, or spend a half an hour or hour in prayer, or come to receive a sacrament. These are the acts of God’s worship, but they are only external acts of worship, to hear and pray and receive sacraments. But this is the soul’s worship, to subject itself thus to God. You who often will worship God by hearing, praying and receiving sacraments, and yet afterwards will be froward or discontented, know that God does not regard such worship, he will have the soul’s worship, in this the subjecting of the soul unto God. Note this, I beseech you: in active obedience we worship God by doing what pleases God, but by passive obedience we do as well worship God by being pleased with what God does. Now when I perform a duty, I worship God, I do what pleases God; why should I not as well worship God when I am pleased with what God does? – Jeremiah Burroughs
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. – John Owen
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 Owen
Unless men see a beauty and delight in the worship of God, they will not do it willingly. – John Owen
From your heroes you pick up mannerisms and phrases and tones of voice and facial expressions and habits and demeanors and convictions and beliefs. The more admirable the hero is and the more intense your admiration is, the more profound will be your transformation. In the case of Jesus, he is infinitely admirable, and our admiration rises to the most absolute worship. Therefore, when we behold him as we should, the change is profound. – 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. – John Piper
The climax of God’s happiness is the delight He takes in the echoes of His excellence in the praises of His people. – John Piper
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.’ – John Piper
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. – John Piper
We belittle God when we go through the outward motions of worship and take no pleasure in His person. – John Piper
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. – John Piper
…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. – John Piper
Strong affections for God, rooted in and shaped by the truth of Scripture – this is the bone and marrow of biblical worship. – John Piper
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. – John Piper
Show me where you spend your time, money and energy and I’ll tell you what you worship. – John Wimber
Our heart’s desire should be to worship God; we have been designed by God for this purpose. If we don’t worship God, we’ll worship something or someone else. – John Wimber
We learned that what happens when we are alone with the Lord determines how intimate and deep the worship will be when we come together. – John Wimber
If we serve Jesus then every act and thought has meaning. Acts of kindness aren’t just niceties, they become acts of worship. – John Wimber
Who will deny that true religion consists, in a great measure, in vigorous and lively actings of the inclination and will of the soul, or the fervent exercises of the heart? That religion which God requires, and will accept, does not consist in weak, dull, and lifeless, wishes, raising us but a little above a state of indifference. – 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. – Jonathan Edwards
The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted. – Jonathan Edwards
Worship is an attitude expressed. – Judson Cornwall
We may restrict the expression of worship for a season, just as we may briefly hold our breath, but there is an inward craving for worship that cannot be permanently stilled. – Judson Cornwall
Whenever the method of worship becomes more important than the Person of worship, we have already prostituted our worship. – 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. – Judson Cornwall
. . . 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. – Judson Cornwall
The Incarnation produced far more than redemption from sin–it restored our relationship with God, thereby making worship possible. – Judson Cornwall
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. – R. C. Sproul
If our knowledge of God is superficial, our worship will be superficial. – R. C. Sproul
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? – R. C. Sproul
God is never pleased with ignorant worship, with worship that is not grounded in the knowledge of God. – R. C. Sproul
God is serious about how we worship Him, and we must be serious about it, too. – R. C. Sproul
Without the heart it’s not worship, it’s a stage play. – Stephen Charnock
We may be truly said to worship God, though we lack perfection; but we cannot be said to worship Him if we lack sincerity. – Stephen Charnock
To pretend to homage to God, and intend only the advantage of self, is rather to mock him than worship him. – Stephen Charnock
A good Christian is not a grave to bury God’s mercies, but a temple to sing his praises. – Thomas Watson
Those who are patterns of mercy should be trumpets of praise. – Thomas Watson
The motion of our praise must be like the motion of our pulse, which beats as long as life lasts. – Thomas Watson
Though God will have the service of our bodies, our eyes and hands lifted up, to testify to others that reverence we have of his glory and majesty, yet he will have the worship of the soul chiefly. – Thomas Watson
Spirit-worship God prizes, because it comes near to his own nature, which is a Spirit. – Thomas Watson
God is a Spirit and will be worshipped in spirit; it is not pomp of worship, but purity, which God accepts. – Thomas Watson
- You are fifty years old and would worship a day old statue!
- Abraham in Genesis Rabbah 38.13 R. Hiyya and the Idol Shop
- Nimrod suggested to Abraham that since he had refused to worship his father’s idols because of their want of power, he should worship fire, which is very powerful: Abraham pointed out that water has power over fire. ‘Well,’ said Nimrod, ‘let us declare water god.’ ‘But,’ replied Abraham,’ the clouds absorb the water and even they are dispersed by the wind.’ ‘Then let us declare the wind our god.’ ‘Bear in mind,’ continued Abraham, ‘that man is stronger than wind, and can resist it and stand against it.’
Nimrod, becoming weary of arguing with Abraham, decided to cast him before his god–fire–and challenged Abraham’s deliverance by the God of Abraham, but God saved him out of the fiery furnace.
- Abraham in Genesis Rabbah 38, Tales and Maxims from the Midrash by Rev. Samuel Rapaport, (1907), p. 78.
- O ye men, whoever amongst you worshipped Muhammad, let him know that Muhammad is dead, and whoever amongst you worshipped Allah, let him know that Allah is Living, there is no death for Him.
- Abu Bakr’s speech after Muhammad’s death; Bukhari, Vol. 2, Chapter Manaqibe Abu Bakr; zitiert in: Dawat-ul-Amir, English translation: Invitation to Ahmadiyyat, First Edition, pg. 17-21, by Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad
- WORSHIP, n. Homo Creator’s testimony to the sound construction and fine finish of Deus Creatus. A popular form of abjection, having an element of pride.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911).
- He wales a portion with judicious care;
And “Let us worship God!” he says, with solemn air.
- Robert Burns, The Cotter’s Saturday Night (1786), Stanza 12.
- Isocrates adviseth Demonicus, when he came to a strange city, to worship by all means the gods of the place.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part III, Section IV. Memb. 1. Subsec. 5.
- Whenever the pulpit is usurped by a formalist, then is the worshipper defrauded and disconsolate. We shrink as soon as the prayers begin, which do not uplift, but smite and offend us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, in an address to the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge (15 July 1838).
- I think, I find the causes of a decaying church and a wasting unbelief. And what greater calamity can fall upon a nation, than the loss of worship? Then all things go to decay. Genius leaves the temple, to haunt the senate, or the market. Literature becomes frivolous. Science is cold. The eye of youth is not lighted by the hope of other worlds, and age is without honor. Society lives to trifles, and when men die, we do not mention them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, in an address to the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge (15 July 1838)].
- Who is a worshiper? What is prayer? What is real religion? Let me answer these questions.
Good, honest, faithful work, is worship. The man who ploughs the fields and fells the forests; the man who works in mines, the man who battles with the winds and waves out on the wide sea, controlling the commerce of the world; these men are worshipers. The man who goes into the forest, leading his wife by the hand, who builds him a cabin, who makes a home in the wilderness, who helps to people and civilize and cultivate a continent, is a worshiper.
Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers; it is the only prayer that deserves an answer, – good, honest, noble work.
- Robert G. Ingersoll, in appeal to the jury in the trial of C.B. Reynolds for blasphemy (May 1887).
- All laws for the purpose of making man worship God, are born of the same spirit that kindled the fires of the auto da fe, and lovingly built the dungeons of the Inquisition.
- Robert G. Ingersoll, in Some Mistakes of Moses (1879) Section III, “The Politicians”.
- Justice is the only worship.
Love is the only priest.
Ignorance is the only slavery.
Happiness is the only good.
The time to be happy is now,
The place to be happy is here,
The way to be happy is to make others so.
Wisdom is the science of happiness.
- Robert G. Ingersoll, as quoted in Familiar Quotations (1937) edited by Christopher Morley, p. 603.
- How often from the steep
Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard
Celestial voices to the midnight air,
Sole, or responsive each to other’s note,
Singing their great Creator?
- John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book IV, line 680.
- Together kneeling, night and day,
Thou, for my sake, at Allah’s shrine,
And I – at any God’s for thine.
- Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh (1817), Fire Worshippers. Fourth Division, line 309.
- So shall they build me altars in their zeal,
Where knaves shall minister, and fools shall kneel:
Where faith may mutter o’er her mystic spell,
Written in blood – and Bigotry may swell
The sail he spreads for Heav’n with blasts from hell!
- Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh (1817), Veiled Prophet of Khorassan.
- Stoop, boys: this gate
Instructs you how to adore the heavens and bows you
To morning’s holy office.
- William Shakespeare, Cymbeline (1611), Act III, scene 3, line 2.
- Get a prayer-book in your hand,
And stand betwixt two churchmen.
- William Shakespeare, Richard III (c. 1591), Act III, scene 7, line 47.
- We believe that nothing worthy of our worship would want our worship.
- Sheri S. Tepper, Gibbon’s Decline & Fall (1996), Chapter 18
- It is the Mass that matters.
- Augustine Birrell, What, Then, Did Happen at the Reformation?, published in Nineteenth Century, April, 1896. Answered, July, 1896.
- Ah, why
Should we, in the world’s riper years, neglect
God’s ancient sanctuaries, and adore
Only among the crowd and under roofs
That our frail hands have raised?
- William Cullen Bryant, A Forest Hymn, line 16.
- The heart ran o’er
With silent worship of the great of old! –
The dead, but sceptred sovereigns, who still rule
Our spirits from their urns.
- Lord Byron, Manfred (1817), Act III, scene 4.
- Man always worships something; always he sees the Infinite shadowed forth in something finite; and indeed can and must so see it in any finite thing, once tempt him well to fix his eyes thereon.
- Thomas Carlyle, Essays, Goethe’s Works.
- I don’t like your way of conditioning and contracting with the saints. Do this and I’ll do that! Here’s one for t’other. Save me and I’ll give you a taper or go on a pilgrimage.
- Erasmus, The Shipwreck.
- What though the spicy breezes
Blow soft o’er Ceylon’s isle;
Though every prospect pleases,
And only man is vile:
In vain with lavish kindness
The gifts of God are strown;
The heathen in his blindness
Bows down to wood and stone.
- Reginald Heber, From Greenland’s Icy Mountains, Missionary Hymn (1819), st. 1.
- Ay, call it holy ground,
The soil where first they trod.
They have left unstained, what there they found –
Freedom to worship God.
- Felicia Hemans, The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers.
- As the skull of the man grows broader, so do his creeds.
And his gods they are shaped in his image and mirror his needs.
And he clothes them with thunders and beauty,
He clothes them with music and fire,
Seeing not, as he bows by their altars,
That he worships his own desire.
- Don Marquis, The God-Maker, Man.
- For all of the creeds are false, and all of the creeds are true;
And low at the shrines where my brothers bow, there will I bow too;
For no form of a god, and no fashion
Man has made in his desperate passion,
But is worthy some worship of mine;
Not too hot with a gross belief,
Nor yet too cold with pride,
I will bow me down where my brothers bow,
Humble, but open eyed.
- Don Marquis, The God-Maker, Man.
- Ev’n them who kept thy truth so pure of old,
When all our fathers worshipp’d stocks and stones.
- John Milton, On the Late Massacre in Piedmont.
- Every one’s true worship was that which he found in use in the place where he chanced to be.
- Michel de Montaigne, Apology for Raimond Sebond (quoting Apollo).
- Yet, if he would, man cannot live all to this world. If not religious, he will be superstitious. If he worship not the true God, he will have his idols.
- Theodore Parker, Critical and Miscellaneous Writings, Essay I. A Lesson for the Day.
- Devotion is like the candle which Michael Angelo used to take in his pasteboard cay), so as not to throw his shadow upon the work in which he was engaged.
- Phillips Brooks, p. 193.
- It is not he who knows most, nor he who hears most, nor yet he who talks most, but he who exercises grace most, who has most communion with God.
- Thomas Brooks, p. 193.
- The Christian life is a long and continual tendency of our hearts toward that eternal goodness which we desire on earth. All our happiness consists in thirsting for it. Now this thirst is prayer. Ever desire to approach your Creator, and you will never cease to pray. Do not think it necessary to pronounce many words.
- François Fénelon, p. 192.
- There are two principal points of attention necessary for the preservation of this constant spirit of prayer which unites us with God; we must continually seek to cherish it, and we must avoid every thing that tends to make us lose it.
- François Fénelon, p. 193.
- The Christian is not always praying; but within his bosom is a heaven-kindled love, – fires of desire, fervent longings, – which make him always ready to pray, and often engage him in prayer.
- Thomas Guthrie, p. 192.
- Our activity should consist in placing ourselves in a state of susceptibility to Divine impressions, and pliability to all the operations of the Eternal Word.
- Madame Guyon, p. 193.
- We must forget ourselves and all self-interest, and listen, and be attentive to God.
- Madame Guyon, p. 194.
- Real inward devotion knows no prayer but that arising from the depths of its own feelings.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt, p. 192.
- All who wait upon the Lord shall rise higher and higher upon the mighty pinions of strong devotion, and with the unblinking eye of faith, into the regions of heavenly-mindedness; and shall approach nearer and nearer to God, the Sun of our spiritual day.
- John Angell James, p. 192.
- That holy, humble, meek, modest, retiring Form, sometimes called the Spirit of Prayer, has been dragged from the closet, and so rudely handled by some of her professed friends, that she has not only lost all her wonted loveliness, but is now stalking the street, in some places, stark mad.
- Asahel Nettleton, p. 193.
- Only in the sacredness of inward silence does the soul truly meet the secret, hiding God.’ The strength of resolve, which afterward shapes life, and mixes itself with action, is the fruit of those sacred, solitary moments. There is a divine depth in silence. We meet God alone.
- Frederick William Robertson, p. 193.
- “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” Keep near to the fountain-head, and “with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
- Gardiner Spring, p. 192.
- This is the spirit of prayer – sincere, humble, believing, submissive. Other prayer than this the Bible does not require – God will not accept.
- Gardiner Spring, p. 192.
Acts of worship
Forms of Worship
Places of worship