Revelation and Response (5)

Worship . . . is the response of the creature to the Eternal.  (Evelyn Underhill)

Worship is man’s response to God’s revelation.  (Andrew W. Blackwood)

Worship is a conversation between the God of revelation and people in need of redemption.  (C. Welton Gaddy)

Liturgy [the “work of the people” in worship] is an intentionally gathered community in mutual dialogue with God’s self-communication.  (Don Saliers)

Christian worship is grounded in the reality of the action of God toward the human soul in Jesus Christ and in man’s responsive action through Jesus Christ.  (Paul Waitman Hoon)

—all cited in Gary A. Furr & Milburn Price, The Dialogue of Worship: Creating Space for Revelation and Response, 1

Revelation and Response (1)

David Platt once said “worship is a rhythm of revelation and response.” [Actually it seems that Ralph Martin said it first.] I would wholeheartedly agree. We see God and we respond. That is why the use of God’s Word in worship is not an option. You will not (cannot) respond to something or Someone you have not seen, and you cannot see the Triune God apart from His Word. The Bible is the revelation of who God is, and worship sets must be saturated with Scripture or they are worthless. The Bible is also the revelation of what God has done….i.e. The Story of God….i.e. The Gospel. When we worship we are remembering the mighty deeds of God, His faithfulness, and most of all His faithfulness in sending His Son to die for us and be raised for our sins. So when someone stands up to lead the Church in worship, their two PRIMARY roles are teacher and story-teller. Through Scripture, the worship leader is teaching people WHO God is, and telling people WHAT God has done.  (See Isaiah 6:1-8 and Col 3:16.)

—Matt Papa (The Summit Church)