Tozer preached in the s shortly before His death. The book starts by looking at worship in the church, where people often feel like they are rich and lack nothing. But what is really lacking is a true, unadulterated worship of God. We were not created to obey a set of laws, but to worship God and enjoy Him forever. He does not need our worship, be He loves it.
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Tozer preached in the s shortly before His death. The book starts by looking at worship in the church, where people often feel like they are rich and lack nothing. But what is really lacking is a true, unadulterated worship of God. We were not created to obey a set of laws, but to worship God and enjoy Him forever. He does not need our worship, be He loves it. Sadly it is often the case that those who lead in the church are not those who pray, seek God and spend time adoring Him together.
Tozer then goes on to say that true worship demands new birth. We need to have a biblical understanding of who God really is and how He wants to worship in order to really worship Him. We please Him most when we stop trying to make ourselves perfect but give ourselves wholly to Him, knowing that He understands and loves us completely.
And this comes through a correct understanding of the fear of the Lord. God loves it when we worship and we need to ask Him how He wants to be worshipped. This was a new insight to me which has challenged the way that I view worship. I want to apply this to my life by seeking God and asking Him how He wants me to worship Him. Tozer also pointed out the importance of worshipping in both Spirit and Truth. One without the other would not be adequate. We were born to worship God.
It is a tragedy that many people never come to this understanding. We need to focus on teaching people the true reason for their existence. Tozer ponders that when people lose God they spend their time trying to find something else to worship. It is a tragedy that while humans were made more like God than any other creature, most now reflect His glory less than the rest of creation. Tozer next discusses the fact that we cannot find God by our own intellect. If we could, we would be equal to Him.
Instead, we are awed by the presence of God and drawn to Him by His revelation to us of who He is. For us to worship in Spirit and Truth we need to feel wonder and experience the mystery of God. The church, Tozer says, exists to do corporately what each Christian should be doing individually — to worship God. The church fails God when it fails to allow people to truly worship Him together. What power there is when we live out what we were created to do!
It is not the exception that Christians worship God in Spirit and in Truth, Tozer states, but rather that is what a normal Christian does. Those who do not cannot be considered normal Christians. We have become a generation that has lost sight of the sacredness of our worship. To really know God is to love and worship Him.
They cannot be separated. Our worship is not something that happens only on Sundays, but is something that should be lived out every moment of each day. This cannot be done if I have not fully surrendered every aspect of my life to God and if I am holding on to things that I know are displeasing to Him. This book has challenged me with the importance of really living a life of complete surrender, one that glorifies God every moment of my day, for I was made to worship Him and that is what I want to do.
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