Donald Hustad

Hustad on Worship and Relationship

Today's Worship Quote is another that points not to forms of worship, but to worship as an appropriate loving relationship with God (and with others). The author is Donald Hustad.

TRUE WORSHIP IS RELATIONSHIP
How do we minister to and worship God in spirit and truth? Jesus gave us an answer as he quoted words from the Torah which every Jew of his time knew from memory: "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"; then he added, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31). Worshiping God and loving God are not absolutely synonymous, but they are closely related, perhaps like opposite sides of a continuous circle. This great commandment says that true worship is determined not so much by the words "traditional" or "contemporary," but by relationship – our relationship with God and our relationship with other persons. Worshiping God begins and ends with loving God more than anything or anyone else in the world. It should be apparent then that no person worships God who does not have a love relationship with God. Further, no person worships God acceptably who is not in loving relationship with other human beings, who are "neighbors."

Don Hustad in True Worship: Reclaiming the Wonder and Majesty, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1998.


CHIP’S THOUGHTS

Lord, thank you for being the initiator of this loving relationship of worship. Help us to respond to your love in spirit and truth. Amen!

Have a great week!


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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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Hustad on a Definition of Worship

A DEFINITION OF WORSHIP
"Worship is the expression of the Christian believer's relationship with God. However that relationship is very complex, since God is at one and the same time our Creator, Redeemer (through Jesus Christ), Sustainer, Indweller (by the Holy Spirit), Friend, and Judge. It helps to remember that we approach God individually as a created one, a redeemed one, a sustained one, an indwelt one, a befriended one, and a judged one."

-Don Hustad, in Jubilate II: Church Music in Worship and Renewal, Chapter 5, "The Nature of Christian Worship in Relation to Its Musical Expression," Hope Publishing Co., 1993.


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Hustad on Pleasure in Church Music

Today we have another WORSHIP QUOTE within a WORSHIP QUOTE, a fourth-century comment about the pleasure of church music as quoted in Don Hustad's JUBILATE

PLEASURE IN CHURCH MUSIC
It should be apparent that pleasure is one of the meanings of functional church music. For unless worshipers find some measure of enjoyment (which I equate with understanding or "appreciation") in a certain church music language, they will probably not be edified by either the music or the words. . . .   St. John Chrysostom in the fourth century gave such an explanation for the appearance of music in worship.

"When God saw that many men were lazy, and gave themselves only with difficulty to spiritual reading, He wished to make it easy for them, and
added the melody to the words, that all being rejoiced by the charm of the music, should sing hymns to Him with gladness."

St. John Chrysostom (c. 350-407) as quoted in Donald Hustad's JUBILATE II: CHURCH MUSIC IN WORSHIP AND RENEWAL, Chapter 2, "Church Music: A Functional Art," Hope Publishing Co., 1993.


CHIP’S THOUGHTS

I often marvel at the way a well-crafted melody can intensify or clarify the meaning of a noble text.  On the other hand, I am also aware that carefully reading the text of a hymn or song can sometimes reveal meanings that had previously been overpowered or even obscured by the power of the music. Why is that?


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