Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Books #31: Whatever Happened to Worship by A. W. Tozer

I will never forget, as a young youth pastor, I was meeting with several elders at a church in Bartlett, IL, when I was introduced to this great little book by A. W. Tozer called Whatever Happened To Worship? I remember reading this book saying "yes, yes, yes" all the way through it. It so encompassed everything that I felt at the time, but really didn't have the wisdom to communicate.

This book is written to the church. It is a challenge to churchgoers to actually be real worshipers of God, not just pretenders of worship. It is not enough just to say that we are a worshiper of God, we must actually be worshipers of God. What so impressed me with this book was his calling that worship is not something that happens in a church building on Sunday mornings. It is something about who we are as individuals. In my estimation, everything leads to the climax of the last chapter, which he entitles: "If You Worship On Sunday, What Happens on Monday?"

Let me give you a few brief quotes from this chapter. Maybe one of the single greatest chapters in any book that has influenced me as a worshiper of God.

"Is it not a beautiful thing for a businessman to enter his office on Monday morning with an inner call to worship: 'The Lord is in my office--let all the world be silent before Him.' If you cannot worship the Lord in the midst of your responsibilities on Monday, it is not very likely that you were worshiping on Sunday! Actually, none of us has the ability to fool God. Therefore, if we are so engaged in our Saturday pursuits that we are far from His presence and far from a sense of worship on Saturday, we are not in very good shape to worship Him on Sunday" (122).

"Why should we delude ourselves about pleasing God in worship? If I live like a worldly and carnal tramp all day and then find myself in a time of crisis at midnight, how do I pray to a God who is holy? How do I address the One who has asked me to worship Him in spirit and in truth? Do I get on my knees and call on the name of Jesus because I believe there is some magic in that name" (126)?

I would greatly challenge you to pick up of this book and read it! It just might change your view of worship.

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