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Charnock on Worship September 13, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes.

So I am preaching this Sunday night on Christ’s words to the woman at the well, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).

As I’ve been researching, I flipped through Stephen Charnock’s The Existence and Attributes of God and found that he had written 100 pages on this passage more than 350 years ago. What a wealth of treasures I am finding in his meditations. Here’s a passage:

[In worship], the whole spirit is to be employed; the name of God is not sanctified but by the engagement of our souls. Worship is an act of the understanding, applying itself to the knowledge of the excellency of God and actual thoughts of his majesty’recognizing him as the supreme Lord and Governor of the world…It is also an act of the will, whereby the soul adores and reverences his majesty, is ravished with his amiableness, embraceth his goodness, enters itself into an intimate communion with this most lovely object, and pitcheth all his affections upon him.”

This is how I long to worship: in spirit and truth; with head and with heart; or as Edwards puts it, with light and heat. Let us think rightly about God, and let us feel “ravished by His amiableness”. Let us never settle for deep knowledge with paltry affections, nor mighty affections with limited knowledge. Let us strive for both the engagement of the mind and the heart, that God might be honored mightily in us.




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