Worship is a response to God…

Worship is not under the control of human beings, nor is the form it takes up to their whims. Rather, worship is a response to a God who initiates toward His people, gives them life, and shows Himself active on their behalf.

J. P. Moreland, from Love Your God With All Your Mind, kindle location 1922

Thinking God’s thoughts after him…

Lutheran Christian Johannes Kepler, discoverer of the elliptical orbits of planets, when asked why he did science, is credited with replying that in scientific research he could “think God’s thoughts after him.” Thinking God’s thoughts after him is worship. Likewise, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ is worship. Worshiping with your mind and heart wide awake to the wonder of redeeming love is the only way for a boy to grow up into a true man of God.

Douglas Bond, from Stand Fast In the Way of Truth, p. 35

The essence of worship is…

The essence of worship is the intentional ascription of worth, service, and reverence to the Lord.

J. P. Moreland, from Love Your God With All Your Mind, kindle location 1871

The danger of ritual…

The danger of ritual is that it easily degenerates into ritualism, that is, into a mere performance in which the ceremony has become an end in itself, a meaningless substitute for intelligent worship.

John Stott, from Your Mind Matters, p. 15

There is no greater blasphemy…

When we believe that we should be satisfied, rather than that God should be glorified, we put God below ourselves as though He has been made for us, not we for Him. There is no greater blasphemy than using God as our servant and there is no worse place to do it than the realm of worship where we make the worship of God to end in ourselves rather than in God.

Stephen Charnock, from Fool’s Gold: Discerning Truth In An Age of Error, John MacArthur, General Editor, p. 169

Worship is the ultimate reason…

For followers of Jesus, worship is more than a style of music or a kind of activity. It’s the ultimate reason we do all that we do.

David Horner, from Mind Your Faith, kindle location 276

Worship is pure or base as…

The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.

A. W. Tozer, from The Knowledge of The Holy, p. 1

Worship is the submission of all…

Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, nourishment of mind by His truth, purifying of imagination by His beauty, opening of the heart to His love, and submission of will to His purpose. And all of this gathered up in adoration is the greatest expression of which we are capable.

Archbishop William Temple