Authentic Worship - Unceasing Worship Pt. 4
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!
Authentic worship can only be in Christ.
Our salvation involves a newfound continuous outpouring of everything that we are and can become in light of all that Christ was, is and shall be.
Jesus is always the same, grace is always new, yesterday, today and forever.
“Authentic worship and continuous outpouring are to be undertaken by faith, driven by love, designed by hope and saturated with truth, whatever the context, time and place. Our worship is acceptable and effective by our being moment-by moment living sacrifices, doing everything in the Spirit and according to truth, seeking out the beauty of holiness as our only walk, holding fast to God, who alone is our praise and worship.” – Harold Best
This is exemplified in the following scriptures:
“So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being.” -Deuteronomy 10:12-13
“You shall fear the Lord your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast…He is your praise, he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.” - Deuteronomy 10:20-21
Have you ever thought and reflected that HE alone is our praise and worship?
Without Jesus, authentic worship would cease to exist.
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God's throne in heaven.” (rf. Hebrews 12:2)
Jesus is our starting, continuing and ending value. Christ is all in all and we are all that can we ever become in Christ.
In Christ, authentic worship is continuous outpouring summed up in personal holiness.
We do not go to church to worship. But as continuing worshipers, we gather ourselves together to continue our worship but with the company of brothers and sisters in Christ.