How was your worship?
“Worship works from the top down, you might say. In worship we don’t just come to show God our devotion and give him our praise; we are called to worship because in this encounter God (re)makes and molds us top-down.
Worship is the arena in which God recalibrates our hearts, reforms our desires, and re-habituates our loves.
Worship isn’t just something we do; it is where God does something to us. Worship is the heart of discipleship because it is the gymnasium in which God retrains our hearts.”James K.A. Smith, “You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit”
The worship songs need to align: through the singing God does something to us; in song He retrains our hearts.
“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 by-products.
-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 experience 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.”D.A. Carson, “Worship: Adoration and Action.”