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e were made to worship – and  cipline of worship, examine some modern
                 not just to worship, but to wor-  misconceptions about worship, study the
        Wship our Creator, God. The  role of the Holy Spirit in worship, and
        psalmist exhorts us, “Come! Let us worship  observe how the Lord Jesus transformed a
        and bow down; let us kneel in the presence  blind beggar, and us, to become worship-
        of the Lord, who made us. For he is our  pers. The distinction between Christian
        God” (95:6-7 ISV). Angels worship Him,  worship and OT worship is helpfully
        for He is their Creator (Neh 9:6). We, too,  detailed, as is an answer to the question,
        must worship Him, not only because He  “Why does God want to be worshipped?”
        is our Creator, but because He is our Re-  We will ponder what the Lord Jesus meant
        deemer, our Savior and Provider. In short,  when He said that those who worship God
        we worship Him because of who He is and  must “worship in spirit and truth” (John
        what He has done. He alone is worthy to  4:24). A day in the life of a worshipper is de-
        be worshipped. The word “holy” (i.e., set  scribed for us, and we will also contemplate
        apart) perfectly describes our great God,  the place of our worship. Finally, we will
        for there is none like Him. He is indeed set  get a glimpse into the worship of heaven,
        apart from all others. Thus, we are exhorted  both now and into eternity.
        to “worship at His footstool; for he is holy”   We may be able to look back upon great
        (Psa 99:5).                          moments of achievement in life, but we are
          Although He alone is worthy of our wor-  never more “at our best” than when we
        ship, the Lord has many competitors, and  are worshipping our God. Ultimately, we
        we must confess that, at times, the competi-  will be “at our best” unceasingly, for our
        tion is winning the day. We devote excess  occupation in the Eternal State will be to
        time, energy and resources to achieve often  worship Him (Rev 22:3). As we peer into
        earthly and merely material goals. It is our  the telescope of the future, may our hearts
        prayer that this month’s issue, devoted to  join a worshipping creation which cries out
        the great subject of worship, will be used  unitedly: “Blessing, and honor, and glory,
        to help us recognize and eliminate such  and power, be unto him that sitteth upon
        unworthy rivals and to be more devoted  the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and
        worshippers of our glorious Lord.    ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And
          In this issue, we will review biblical  the four and twenty elders fell down and
        definitions of worship, consider who can  worshipped him that liveth for ever and
        worship, discover how to develop the dis-  ever” (Rev 5:13-14 KJV).

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