November 17 The Ability to Worship

scripture reading: John 4
key verse: Psalm 66:1

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

In his book Worship: The Missing Jewel of the Evangelical Church, A. W. Tozer wrote of the urgency for God’s people to grasp the importance of devoted, passionate praise of our Savior:

We have almost everything, but there’s one thing that the churches do not have: that is the ability to worship. It’s the one, shining gem that is lost to the modern church.…

Now what are the factors that you will find present in worship? First there is boundless confidence. You cannot worship a being you cannot trust.… Worship rises or falls in any church altogether depending upon the attitude we take toward God, whether we see God big or whether we see Him little. Most of us see God too small; our God is too little.

David said: “O magnify the Lord with me,” and magnify doesn’t mean to make God big. You can’t make God big. But you can see Him big.

Then there is admiration, that is appreciation of the excellency of God.… This admiration for God grows and grows. The God of the modern evangelical rarely astonishes anybody.… But when the Holy Ghost shows us God as He is, we admire Him to the point of wonder and delight.

I magnify You, Lord. You are great. You are unlimited; there is nothing too difficult for You. You are excellent. You are my God![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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