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Hustad on Response to the Self-Revelation of God

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is another that pictures worship as the full-life response to God. The author, Don Hustad, extends on the words of Jesus, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength" (Mark 12:30).

RESPONSE TO THE SELF-REVELATION OF GOD
Christian worship is our affirmative, transforming response to the self-revelation of God ... We are not seeking to find or to know an obscure, frightening being who needs to be placated. God makes and continues to make the first move, showing himself in power and in love, inviting our response. In fact, worship is any and every affirmative response to God. There is no point to a question raised by some, whether it is more important to "express adoration to God" or to witness and to minister in our church life. One act gives corporate voice to our inner commitment; the other is our outward expression of worship in obedience to Christ's second great commandment, " ... You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:31).

To worship is to think about God and to converse with him. To worship is to preach God's good news and to minister to a hungry, hurting world in the name of Christ. To worship is to serve God as a banker, a farmer or an engineer and also as a church deacon or elder, a Sunday school teacher, or a member of the choir. To worship is to love God more than anything or anyone else in the world. To worship is to enjoy and use and preserve God's world—including all good art, beneficent science, and healthy entertainment. For the Christian, every act of life should be one of worship, with love that responds to God's love.

- Don Hustad, Jubilate II: Church Music in Worship and Renewal (Carol Stream: Hope Publishing, 1993).


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Heart, soul, mind and strength. That's pretty much everything.

Have a great week!


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Tolstoy on What is Art?

This WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK deals with the concept of "worth-ship," one of the root meanings of our modern word "worship."

WHAT IS ART?
The Christian ideal changed and reversed everything so that, as the gospel puts it, "That which was exalted among men has become an abomination in the sight of God." The ideal is no longer the greatness of Pharaoh or of the Roman emperor, nor the beauty of a Greek nor the wealth of Phoenicia, but humility, purity, compassion, love. The hero is no longer Dives, but Lazarus the beggar; not Mary Magdalene in the day of her beauty but the day of her repentance; not those who acquire wealth, but those who have abandoned it; not those who dwell in palaces, but those who dwell in catacombs and huts; not those who rule over others, but those who acknowledge no other authority but God's.

- Leo Tolstoy in "What Is Art?"


CHIP’S THOUGHTS

Lord, show us what is worthy. Show us who is worthy. Show us yourself.

Have a great week!


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