I was tempted to title this blog Biblical Worship but that would be a “low blow” to the brethren that are not Reformed. I will venture to say that much of what passes for “worship” today is focused on self. The style of music, content of music, how I feel about God and even the sermons are directed at making the people “feel” good. People go to church more so to get rather than to worship the sovereign Triune God.
With that said, I just received Malcolm Watts’s book What Is a Reformed Church and immdediately turned to the section on worship and I couldn’t have said it better:
God’s perfection entitles Him to the honor or our worship. In Isaiah 6:1-3, we read of Isaiah’s vision of the Lord enthroned on high in His temple. The seraphim were present with their faces covered, and they were admiring that glory which separates and distinguishes Him from all others. “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Men and women entertain similar thoughts, for they too are aware that no one can be brought into comparison with Jehovah. “There is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Who would fear thee, O King of nations?” (Jer. 10:6-7). Such infinite glory deserves some external expression of our inward veneration. Soul and body must unite in this service, for if the soul is not involved, it is mental atheism, and if the body is not involved, it is practical atheism. the Lord Jesus declared, “Thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matt. 4:10). The apostle Paul delivered this exhortation to believers: “Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:20).
In worship, our attention should be to give, not to get. The Psalms teach that to “to give unot the LORD the glory due unto his name” is one and the same as to worship the LORD in beauty and holiness” (Ps. 29:2)…Reformed theology declares that only God has the right to determine the true and proper mode of worship. He has clearly prescribed in His Word. The law of worship is that only what God has prescribed may be introduced into His worship, or, to put it in another form, what Scripture does not prescribe, it forbids.*
How I wish the modern church would get it (especially Baptists). What a privilege, honor and joy it is to enter His presence with a corporate body of believers. To worship His holy name. To sing unto His majesty. To hear a Word from His Scriptures. To hear His greatness proclaimed and to proclaim Hiss greatness. All mad possible through life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ the Lord!
Soli Deo Gloria!
*Malcolm Watts, What Is a Reformed Church? (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2011), pp. 47,49