Some quotes on the meaning of worship ... and how we sometimes distort it.
"Evangelism will end, and education, as will prophecy and social service. But worship is forever."
"Our worship must cost something, or else it is meaningless. True worship always involves sacrifice. Of course, Jesus is the only sacrifice for sin, once and for all. Yet the term 'sacrifice' is not just associated with redemption. The word literally means 'the act of offering something meaningful and valuable.'"
"It has been suggested that in worship man needs to intellectualize his emotions and emotionalize his intellect."
"We are often so caught up in our activities that we tend to worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship."
"In the end, worship can never be a performance, something you’re pretending or putting on. It’s got to be an overflow of your heart….. Worship is about getting personal with God, drawing close to God."
"Our heart’s desire should be to worship God; we have been designed by God for this purpose. If we don’t worship God, we’ll worship something or someone else."
THE WESTMINSTER CATECHISM
"Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."
"Worship in truth is worship that arises out of an actual encounter with God, a response to the experience of knowing God's real presence and activity in our daily lives. This has nothing to do with sentiment, thinking religious thoughts or having aesthetic experiences in church buildings; any religion can give you that sort of thing."