• Study is a celebration of worship

    Unfortunately, we too often reduce the definition of worship to singing (Singing = worship). The biblical understanding of worship is much more expansive and rich. Biblical worship includes ideas such as reverent obedience, spiritual searching and even loyal service/work. Harold Best stated, “Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever become…..”

    Jesus said, quoting the Old Testament, “AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH” (Mark 12:30).

    With our whole being we are to love and worship God. Knowing is critical to loving. To love someone we must know him or her. In the case of my wife, for instance, it would have been absurd to declare that I loved her before ever meeting her. My love for her implies an intimate knowledge about and knowledge of her. In the same manner we are to strive both to know about God and to know Him intimately. Knowing Him is necessary to loving Him. Our minds are crucial to worship.

    To bring the mind to dwell intelligently upon God as he is presented in His Word will have the effect of causing us to love God passionately. To think of God as He truly is, one cannot but lapse into worship.

    This has been own experience. I will be studying at my desk and there are moments when God illuminates my mind with something He has known for all eternity. I am overwhelmed. At those times I am not overwhelmed with my great intellect, nor even with the great truth I just learned – but I am overwhelmed with a great God! My study desk becomes a worship altar.

    Study is an act of joyful worship.