15 Gems from True Worshipers

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A few months ago, we mined 15 Gems from Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin. In that book, Bob says worship matters to God “because he is the one ultimately worthy of all worship” and it matters to us “because worshiping God is the reason for which we were created” (19).

Now, we are excited to announce that Bob has written another book called, True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God (to be released July 29 at WorshipGod 2015). So, we collected another handful of excellent quotes to stir your spirit and fuel your passion for God. And perhaps you’ll want to preorder and read this outstanding book.

  1. Whether you see the “worship phenomenon” as a good thing, a bad thing, or somewhere in between, this much is certain: the worship of God matters. It’s never irrelevant. It’s never unimportant. The worship of God should always be a hot topic. And from God’s perspective, it is. There is nothing more foundational to our relationship with God and to our lives as Christians.
  2. Music is a part of worshiping God but it was never meant to be the heart of it.
  3. Mercy that’s deserved is no longer mercy. And worship that doesn’t begin with mercy is no longer worship.
  4. Every church or individual Christian who claims to be Spirit-led must be Word-fed. If we want to know more of the Spirit’s power in our lives we would be wise to fill ourselves with the riches of his Word.
  5. God is glorified when people who have no visible connection or similarity joyfully meet together week after week. They do it not because they’re all the same, but because the gospel has brought them together.
  6. Worship and edification are two sides of the same coin. When we serve others for their good we’re bringing glory to God. And when we exalt God through our expressions of praise, prayer, and thanks, we’re building up those around us.
  7. The Holy Spirit, in the words of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is a stimulant. He gives new life. He makes Christ glorious in our eyes. He reveals the love of God to us. He brings self-control, wisdom, understanding, and discernment. He makes us behave at our very best and brightest. And he makes us want to sing.
  8. Music helps us remember words—and God intends for music to help us remember the word of Christ.
  9. The reality of God’s presence calls for a response that’s expressed through the totality of our being, so that we worship God with mind, soul, and body—with all that we are.
  10. When we’re convicted of our sin and respond by confessing it to God and resting in what Christ has done, we have every reason to sing! That’s not being a hypocrite—that’s living in the good of the gospel.
  11. Worship is a gift we receive before it’s a task we perform. Apart from the substitutionary death of Christ we would be under God’s righteous judgment and condemnation. But we aren’t. And that’s reason to sing through any obstacle we face, for the glory of God.
  12. It can’t be said often enough that the Bible is sufficient to provide all we need for a godly life. But God’s presence and power aren’t confined to it. Scripture speaks of a God who is near, a God who is active, a God who breaks into the present—a God with whom we can engage. A God who is personal. A God we can experience mentally, emotionally, and even physically at times.
  13. No worship leader, pastor, or musician can bring us into the presence of God. It’s not a certain prayer, a particular liturgy, a sacred object, or bodily posture, or a certain mindset. Only Jesus can lead us into God’s presence, and he accomplished it through his substitutionary death which forever removed the curtain of God’s judgment that separated us from his presence (Hebrews 10:19–22­). It’s only by putting our faith fully in his finished work of redemption that we can encounter the living God. Because only Christ has truly brought us near to the Father.
  14. Ignoring the Bible is not only the opposite of being Spirit-led, but shows we trust ourselves more than God.
  15. The best part about heaven won’t be the landscape, the activities, or the friends we’ll recognize from this life. It will be finally beholding the face of the One who left his throne to redeem us. We’ll look into his eyes and know instantly that no pleasure on earth compares with his love. We’ll hear his voice singing over us and perhaps watch him create new worlds for us to rule over.

You can preorder True Worshipers for less than $12.

Bryan (@BryanDeWire) is the Communications Manager at Sovereign Grace.