Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Bible in Worship

One of my roommates has a book entitled Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, a book edited by Philip Graham Ryken, Derek W.H. Thomas, and J. Ligon Duncan III (and one that I plan to begin reading slowly through sometime soon). This book was written to celebrate the legacy of James Montgomery Boice, and it covers a plethora of material on various aspects of worship.

My purpose in writing this blog entry was simply to draw attention to this resource that I had somehow missed and to provide the following quote from Boice that was printed on a solitary page among the prefatory material. I think this quote captures my own view of the centrality of the Bible in worship, and it should cause any pastor or worship leader to seriously ponder the principle that the Bible should guide our worship:

"To worship God we must know who God is, but we cannot know who God is unless God first chooses to reveal himself to us. God has done this in the Bible, which is why the Bible and the teaching of the Bible need to be central in our worship" (vii).