Category Archives: Articles on Worship

Drawing Near to God as the Essence of Worship

Drawing Near to God as the Essence of Worship

In order to grasp the essence of Christian worship, we must start in the beginning. Creation provides the foundation for understanding not only the nature of God and mankind but also the substance of their relationship in worship. God, the sovereign Initiator, publicly revealed himself through what he made. The creation itself displays his nature… Continue Reading

Sincerity and Profanity

Sincerity and Profanity

This entry is part 20 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 20 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Many pastors and Christian leaders believe they are purifying Christianity and worship when they remove any kind of formality from corporate worship. Formal dress, an exalted tone… Continue Reading

But we never talk like that in real life!

But we never talk like that in real life!

It appears today that “authenticity” has become the most important virtue. In one sense this is good. Hypocrisy is a vice condemned by Scripture (Mathew 23:27). I often think about this with regard to my children. Never would I want them to watch me act one way in public with others and think to themselves,… Continue Reading

Pastors – Become Literate in Christian Culture

Pastors – Become Literate in Christian Culture

When the topic of music and worship comes up, a favorite slap-down argument against thoughtful discrimination of music is that pastors need not study music to be faithful pastors. It is beside the point to say that pastors need not become art critics. If their vocation is that of shepherding the flock, it is manifestly… Continue Reading

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 3: Worship that Trusts in God

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 3: Worship that Trusts in God

This entry is part of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.It is time to complete our discussion of Psalm 137 by looking through stanza 3, verses 7–9: Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how… Continue Reading

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 2: Worship that is Pleasing to God

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 2: Worship that is Pleasing to God

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.We have considered our experience as God’s people in exile through stanza 1 of Psalm 137; now look at stanza 2, verses 5–6: If I forget… Continue Reading

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 1: Worship in a Pagan Culture

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 1: Worship in a Pagan Culture

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.In our study of Psalm 137 over the past several weeks, we have looked at the historical context of the psalm, the analogical relationships between the… Continue Reading

A People in Exile

A People in Exile

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Last week I presented the historical context for Psalm 137, a context of the people of God living in exile among a pagan people. Now once again,… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (15)

A Worship Catechism (15)

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.97. What is our ultimate hope? Our ultimate hope is to see God’s glory in His realized presence (Rev 21:2-3, 22:4; Joh 17:21-26), where we will behold… Continue Reading

The Historical Context of Psalm 137

The Historical Context of Psalm 137

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Last week I began a series looking at Psalm 137. I am going to do two things with the psalm; first, I will look at… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (14)

A Worship Catechism (14)

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.91. What are the disciplines of perpetual worship? The disciplines of perpetual worship are gratitude, discernment, fasting , and stewardship, which seek to behold, reflect, and magnify… Continue Reading

God’s People in Exile

God’s People in Exile

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 On the willows there we hung up our lyres.… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (13)

A Worship Catechism (13)

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.84. What are the disciplines of public worship? The disciplines of public worship are recognition, service, discipleship, and corporate worship, which seek to behold, reflect and magnify… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (12)

A Worship Catechism (12)

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.76. What disciplines will nurture faith and maintain abiding in God’s presence? We must embrace disciplines of private worship, public worship, and perpetual worship. 77. What are… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (11)

A Worship Catechism (11)

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.67. How is faith nurtured? Faith is nurtured through the grace-enabled practice of the spiritual disciplines (2 Pet 1:5-7). 68. What is spiritual discipline? Spiritual discipline is… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (10)

A Worship Catechism (10)

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. 60. What is the Spirit’s work in this cycle also known as? Grace: He grants the grace of conviction, the grace of cleansing, the grace of… Continue Reading

When are the Twelve Days of Christmas?

When are the Twelve Days of Christmas?

You can’t escape them. There are 12 Days of Christmas contests on the radio, 12 Days of Christmas sales at the mall, 12 Days of Christmas charity drives, and, of course, that very long song. Most people (in America, at least) seem to assume that these infamous twelve days describe those leading up to Christmas Day,… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (9)

A Worship Catechism (9)

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.52. What is meant by consecration? Consecration is dedicating something to the holy glory of God. 53. What are we to consecrate to God? Whatever cannot be… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (8)

A Worship Catechism (8)

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.46. What is meant by confession? Confession is the agreement of the mind and heart with God’s conviction (1 John 1:9). The mind agrees with the sinfulness… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (7)

A Worship Catechism (7)

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.39. What is meant by imagination? Imagination is that faculty which interprets and construes reality, and enables us to understand both what is seen and unseen. 40.… Continue Reading