The worship of sinful and fallen people necessitates divine mediation if the sacrifice is to be good, perfect and acceptable to God. The pagan worship that surrounded the patriarchs was often a work of appeasement, a work initiated by people seeking to win divine favor. Biblical worship emerges in the Hebrew and Christian Scripture as that which is initiated by God, mediated by God, and is a response of the people of God to the grace and favor of God they have already experienced.
—Robbie F. Castleman, Story Shaped Worship, Following Patterns from the Bible and History, 38
What ought to make worship delightful to us is not, in the first instance, its novelty or its aesthetic beauty, but its object: God Himself is delightfully wonderful, and we learn to delight in him.
—D.A. Carson, Worship by the Book, 30
Worship is not a self-centered obsession with our sins, our experiences of God’s grace or even with our holy desires. Worship is ‘preoccupation’ with God, whose attributes qualify Him to forgive and to cleanse, and enable Him to regenerate and to transform!
—Donald P. Hustad, Jubilate II: Church Music in the Evangelical Tradition, 104
The answer to bad theology is not no theology but good theology. Christians want to speak about God, and if you want to do that there simply isn’t a ‘no theology’ option.
—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity, 7
God is not interested in any works, not even those which He Himself has commanded, when they are not done in faith.
—Martin Luther, Lectures on Genesis 1-5, 259
I begin with Revelation 22:9 not because I want to do an exposition of it today, but because I want us to hear the simple command, “Worship God!” The angel said to John, when he fell down at the angel’s feet, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God.” In others words, don’t worship angels, worship God! Don’t worship nothing, worship God! Don’t neglect God or despise God, worship God! This is the last chapter of the Bible, and this is the last duty of man: worship God!
—John Piper, “Worship God” (sermon)