Whatever Happened To Worship? by A.W. Tozer   1 comment

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Hebrews 11: 21:  “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.”

Excerpts from Tozer’s Whatever Happened To Worship?:

“Did you know that the often-quoted Jean-Paul Sartre describes his turning to philosophy and hopelessness as a turning away from a secularistic church?  He says, ‘I did not recognize in the fashionable God who was taught me, Him who was waiting for my soul.  I needed a Creator; I was given a businessman!'”

“The strange and wonderful thing about it is that truly winsome and loving saints do not even know about their attractiveness.  The great saints of past eras did not know they were great saints.  If someone had told them, they would not have believed it, but those around them knew that Jesus was living His life in them.”

“Any untrained, unprepared, unspiritual empty rattletrap of a person can start something religious and find plenty of followers who will listen and pay and promote it.  It may become very evident that he or she had never heard from God in the first place.”

“True worship is to be so personally and hopelessly in love with God that the idea of a transfer of affection never even remotely exists.”

“Another kind of unacceptable worship is symbolized by the attitude of the Samaritans in the Bible.  The Old Testament history reveals that Jeroboam, the first king of Israel after it became the Northern Kingdom, set up two places of worship.  He wanted to be sure his people were weaned from their habit of worshiping at Jerusalem.  He installed golden calves to be worshiped at Jerusalem.  He installed golden calves to be worshiped in convenient places, Bethel and Dan.

“The heresy of Samaritanism—the practice of picking out what we like to worship and rejecting what we do not like—is widespread.

“Actually, it has opened up a whole new field for applied psychology and humanism under a variety of religious disguises.  In this context, men and women set themselves as judges of what the Lord has said.  Instead of getting down on their knees and letting the Lord judge them, they stand with pride and judge the Lord.”

“The stark, tragic fact is that the efforts of many people to worship are unacceptable to God.  Without an infusion of the Holy Spirit there can be no true worship.  This is serious.  It is hard for me to rest peacefully at night knowing that millions of cultured, religious people are merely carrying on church traditions and religious customs and they are not actually reaching God at all.”

“In Europe many generations ago, the dear old saint of God, Brother Lawrence, was on his deathbed.  Rapidly losing his physical strength, he witnessed to those gathered around him:  ‘I am not dying.  I am just doing what I have been doing for the past 40 years, and doing what I expect to be doing for all eternity?’

“‘What is that?’ he was asked.  He replied quickly, ‘I am worshiping the God I love!'”

“The man whom God will use must be undone.  He must be a man who has seen the King in His beauty.”

“How long do you think it will be, if Jesus tarries, before some of the amazing new churches like those in the primitive Baliem Valley of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, will be sending gospel missionaries to Canada and the United States?”

“Through that encounter I realized that unless we arouse ourselves spiritually, unless we are brought back to genuine love and adoration and worship, our candlestick could be removed.  We may need missionaries coming to us indeed.  We may need them to show us what genuine and vital Christianity is!”

“I am going to say something to you which will sound strange.  It even sounds strange to me as I say it, because we are not used to hearing it within our Christian fellowships.  We are saved to worship God.  All that Christ had done for us in the past and all that He is doing now leads to this one end.”

“Why should the church of Jesus Christ be a spiritual school where hardly anyone ever graduates from the first grade?”

“The sum total of the deep and eternal wisdom of the age lies in Jesus Christ as a treasure hidden away.  There is no kind of true wisdom that cannot be found within Him.  All the deep eternal purposes of God reside in Him because His perfect wisdom enables Him to plan far ahead.  All history becomes the slow development of His eternal purposes.”

“In relation to Jesus Christ, it has been the uniqueness and the perfection of His moral beauty that has charmed even those who claimed to be His enemies throughout the centuries of history.  We do not have any record of Hitler saying anything against the moral perfections of Jesus.  One of the great philosophers, Nietzsche, himself an instrument of antichristian forces in this world, died finally beating his forehead on the floor and moaning, ‘That man Jesus I love.  I don’t like Paul.’

“Nietzsche objected to Paul’s theology of justification and salvation by faith, but he was strangely moved within by the perfections of moral beauty found in the life and character of Jesus, the Christ, the Lord of all beauty.”

“If you do not know Him and worship Him, if you do not long to reside where He is, if you have never known wonder and ecstasy in your soul because of His crucifixion and resurrection, your claim of Christianity is unfounded.  It cannot be related to the true Christian life and experience at all.

“Meanwhile, I believe that we as Christians must become willing to allow every ugly thing in our lives to be crucified.  We must indeed worship the Lord of all beauty in spirit and in truth.  This is not a popular thing, for so many Christians insist that they must be entertained while they are being edified.”

“We have such smooth, almost secularized ways of talking people into the kingdom of God that we can no longer find men and women willing to seek God through the crisis of encounter.  When we bring them into our churches, they have no idea of what it means to love and worship God because, in the route through which we have brought them, there has been no personal encounter, no personal crisis, no need of repentance—only a Bible verse with a promise of forgiveness.”

“I think the prophets of God saw farther into the centuries and into the mysteries of God than we can with our great modern telescopes and electronic means of measuring lights years and planets and galaxies.

“The prophets saw the Lord our God.  They saw Him in His beauty, and they tried to describe Him.

“They described Him as radiantly beautiful and fair, a winsome being.  They said that he was royal and that He was gracious.  They described Him as a majestic being; and yet they noted his meekness.  They saw Him as righteous and filled with truth.  They tried to describe the manner of His love, with its gladness and joy and fragrance.

“When the prophets try to describe for me the attributes, the graces, the worthiness of the God who appeared to them and dealt with them, I feel that I can kneel down and follow their admonition:  ‘He is thy Lord—worship thou Him.'”

“Two of Spurgeon’s greatest sermons were ‘God in The Silence’ and ‘God in The Storm.’  The heart that knows God can find God anywhere.  I surely join with Spurgeon in the truth that a person filled with the Spirit of God, a person who has met God in a living encounter can know the joy of worshiping Him, whether in the silences of life or in the storms of life.”

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  1. Powerful.

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