We do exhort men to worship God neither in a frigid nor a careless manner. . . . His benefits towards ourselves we extol as eloquently as we can, while we call upon others to reverence His Majesty, render due homage to His greatness, feel due gratitude for His mercies, and unite in showing forth His praise.
—John Calvin, On the Necessity of Reforming the Church http://www.lgmarshall.org/Calvin/calvin_necessityreform.html
In doxology we thank the Giver not merely for His good gifts but for His goodness. We glorify and glory in God not merely for His salvation but for Himself as the one who saves and is to be worshiped in and for Himself.
—John Thompson, “The Trinity and Worship,” in Modern Trinitarian Perspectives, 102
God lovingly receives our affection, our worship, our gifts, our conversation. Be this as it may, the line is to be traced, for the most part, from Him to us: He gives and we receive. All that we offer to Him, our lives and hearts, come from Him in the first place.
—Edith M. Humphrey, “The Gift of the Father,” in Trinitarian Theology for the Church: Scripture, Community, Worship, 94
We give Thee but Thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee.
—William Walsham How (1858) (hymn)
In worship, the members of the church focus on God; in instruction and fellowship, they focus on themselves and fellow Christians; in evangelism, they turn their attention to non-Christians.
—Millard Erickson, Christian Theology, 1066-1067
All evangelistic activities of the church have as their goal finding more worshipers for God; all edification activities of the church have as their goal making better worshipers for God.
The only parochial [church] activities which have any real justification are those which spring from worship and in their turn nourish it.
—Jean-Jacques von Allmen, Worship: Its Theology and Practice, 55-56
Worship is the only Christian activity which is an end in itself.
To say “glory be to God” is to protest against the powers and the powerful who imagine that they can fulfill the longings of humanity.
—Jean-Jacques von Allmen, Worship: Its Theology and Practice, 64
Singer-songwriter Matt Redman tells the story of the donkey who remarked to his wife coming home from work one day: “I had a wonderful day, dear! I went to Jerusalem and they absolutely loved me there, laying down their mantles and palm branches to soothe my hot hooves and crying ‘Hosanna!'” It seems that the donkey overlooked the Man on his back.
The question is not whether the words, actions, and objects used in worship impact worshipers, but whether what they say and show comports well or poorly with the Gospel.
—William A. Dyrness, A Primer on Christian Worship, 142