True worship is
the celebration of being in covenant fellowship with the
sovereign and holy triune God,
by the merits of
the reverent adoration and spontaneous praise
of God’s nature and works,
the expressed commitment of trust and
obedience to the covenant responsibilities, and
the memorial reenactment of entering into
through ritual acts,
all with the confident anticipation of the fulfillment
of the covenant promises in glory.
The choice of the word “celebration” as the key word is appropriate. The word captures all the festivity and the ritual and the praise that is present in biblical worship. And if the worship is led by the Spirit and in conformity with the Word, then the celebration will not deteriorate into pagan or worldly festivities.
–Allen P. Ross, RECALLING THE HOPE OF GLORY: BIBLICAL WORSHIP FROM THE GARDEN TO THE NEW CREATION. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2006, pp. 67-68. ISBN 0-8254-3578-1. Highly recommended.
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