Continuous Outpouring - Unceasing Worship Pt. 3
Readers, I asked Redner, The Image music lead, to blog through his study of Harold Best's book “Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts”.
I'm looking forward to reading his thoughts with you, enjoy!
“Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever have in light of a chosen or choosing god.” – Harold Best
Everyone worships. It does not stop and start. We misunderstand worship’s biblical meaning when be begin to emphasize specific times, places and methods of our worship.
What is continuous outpouring?
Continuous implies relentlessness. As human beings, literal continuity is impossible. There is a start and a finish to everything. We all breathe until we die, we all eat until we are full and we all continue to work until we are finished.
However on the spiritual side, continuity is of the essence. God is continually and unchangeably the, I AM THAT I AM, and his word abides forever.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” - Hebrews 13:8
Above our physicality and temporality, we have been created to enter into God’s side of continuousness. We are to love God with heart, soul and mind. We are to love our neighbor without let up. We are to forgive endlessly. We are to continue our stewardship whether we work or rest. We are to continue in the truth whether we play or preach. Then, we will all face a continuity of eternal life or eternal death.
Outpouring implies lavishness and generosity. The concept of outpouring is found throughout the scriptures. We see it in the sacrificial system of the Old Testament. We see it in the sense of giving and pouring ourselves out toward a neighbor. Most of all, we see it in Christ’s own perfect sacrifice which was a once-for-all pouring out of his incarnate self on the cross. His entire being was poured out for our salvation. Paul gave a perfect descriptor for our own personal lives in Second Timothy 4:6 when he says,
“I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.”
God is the uniquely Continuous Outpourer. He cannot but give of himself, reveal himself, pour himself out. Because God is the Continuous Outpourer, we bear his image as continuous outpourers. It is an intrinsic part of our nature to worship and remains within us ceaselessly.
But, how often do we forget that we are created to be continuously outpouring? What are we continuously outpouring? Who are we worshipping? When we worship anything but God alone, we become idolaters.
God alone deserves our worship.