Should we not remind ourselves that worship is a transitive verb? We do not meet to worship (i.e. to experience worship); we aim to worship God. 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only': there is the heart of the matter. In this area, as in so many others, one must not confuse what is central with the byproducts.
If you seek peace, you will not find it;
if you seek Christ, you will find peace.
If you seek joy, you will not find it;
if you seek Christ, you will find joy.
If you seek holiness, you will not find it;
if you seek Christ, you will find holiness.
If you seek experiences of worship, you will not find them;
if you worship the living God, you will experience something of what is reflected in the Psalms.
Worship is a transitive verb, and the most important thing about it is the direct object.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Worship is a Transitive Verb
D.A. Carson writes, in Worship: Adoration and Action, p.15.