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Worship Gives Meaning

“Private prayer should be practiced by every Christian. Long periods of Bible meditation will purify our gaze and direct it; church attendance will enlarge our outlook and increase our love for others. Service and work and activity; all are good and should be engaged in by every Christian. But at the bottom of all these things, giving meaning to them, will be the inward habit of beholding God”

-Excerpt From: A.W. Tozer. “The Pursuit of God.”

All the activity of Christianity is good and right. God predestined us for good works. He calls us to community and loving others, but once we stop beholding the majesty and greatness of our God, it all becomes empty to us.

Many people give up on God and/or the Church because they think they’ve given it all they’ve got and didn’t feel or experience the life, joy, peace, or whatever else they thought they would. The missing ingredient that so many never see is experiencing the reality of God through worship and intimate fellowship.

That keeps us in strength, love, and joy. It seems almost indirect and unrelated until you consider that He is the source of strength, love, joy, and everything we need.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord. –Jeremiah 17:7

Not only do we trust in Him, but He has to be our trust. We have to know Him, not just about Him. This provides context and meaning for everything else we do.

I love this thought from Mr. Tozer that sums this idea up,

“Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified.”

Purify me as I gaze into Your perfection and awesome glory, O Lord.

What are your thoughts on this?


Welcome to week 14 of our book club discussion of the Pursuit of God (disclosure) by A.W. Tozer. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it, and to fully digest this book, we’re spending two weeks on each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.

8 Comments

  1. I loved that section by Tozer and glad you highlighted it here. What inspired my post was a lesson I was listening to about how we treat our Sundays like Moses having to go up on the mountain over and over every week just to be in God’s glory when Paul reminds us that we have a glory that never fades. Our “private religion” is critical for our spiritual health. We couldn’t physically survive if we only ate once a week. Why do we think we can survive spiritually? All the religious “things” we do are fine and good, but they do not nourish our soul. Only seeking God out as Tozer describes can satisfy us.
    Frank recently posted..Eyes Without a FaceMy Profile

    • No matter how many times it’s taught and relayed, we need that reminder. He calls us all beyond the veil and into the living presence! It’s a glorious thing He has done through Jesus’ precious blood and we can’t waste it. Thank you, Frank.

  2. That stuck out to me also; beholding God… Seeing through the eyes of wisdom is truly seeing the world as it is. I like the fact that Tozer enforces the idea of a in depth study and time alone with God seeking Him and His will.

    The idea of us then coming together as one after the time alone with God he summed up in a way I thought you’d love; “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other?”

    Then we are the strong body of Christ.

    • That’s unity, brother! It’s not forced or pretend. It flows from living relationship with Him and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. And yeah, love the piano analogy. :) Thanks Floyd.

  3. Reminds me of the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff. He says he doesn’t want to stalk Jesus and learn facts about Him, he wants a relationship with Jesus!

    • I loved that book! So real and practical and insightful. Yeah, who wants to be a stalker when you can actually know Him? Why settle for that impersonal? He’s so good to draw us close to Him. Thank you, TC.

  4. Social religion is ineffective without a private, personal relationship with the Almighty. Without God, our social activity and “worship” is empty.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Looking at GodMy Profile

    • Something struck me recently while reading John 4 where Jesus is talking to the Samaritan woman. He says that the Father is seeking worshippers who worship in spirit and in truth. He goes on to say that He is Spirit and those who worship MUST worship in spirit and in truth. It’s not a type of worship, it’s the only worship. Everything else is a counterfeit. Thanks Dusty.