As you hopefully prepare your hearts to join with brothers and sisters in Christ to worship, here are a few quotes to whet your whistle.
J.I. Packer: “We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.”
John Wesley: “Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”
John Stott: “God must speak to us before we have any liberty to speak to him. He must disclose to us who he is before we can offer him what we are in acceptable worship. The worship of God is always a response to the Word of God. Scripture wonderfully directs and enriches our worship.”
Martin Luther: “To gather with God’s people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.”
Stephen Charnock: “We may be truly said to worship God, though we lack perfection; but we cannot be said to worship Him if we lack sincerity.
John Owen: We are never nearer Christ than when we find ourselves lost in a holy amazement at His unspeakable love.