♣ WORSHIP: We See God Too Small
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. – Psalm 34:3
“Worship rises or falls in any church altogether depending upon the attitude we take toward God, whether we see God big or whether we see Him little. Most of us see God too small; our God is too little. David said, “O magnify the Lord with me,” and “magnify” doesn’t mean to make God big. You can’t make God big. But you can see Him big.
Worship, I say, rises or falls with our concept of God; that is why I do not believe in these half converted cowboys who call God the Man Upstairs. I do not think they worship at all because their concept of God is unworthy of God and unworthy of them. And if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is. We’re too familiar with God.” – A.W. Tozer
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“…these half converted cowboys who call God the Man Upstairs.” THE MAN UPSTAIRS! Over familiarity with God is so common in our churches today. There is such a thing as worshiping what is not God, and yet so many are convinced they are worshiping God aright who is a consuming fire! O’ how merciful God is; the two sons of Aaron were consumed by the fire of the Lord for offering strange fire and the churches today are no better! Our God is a holy God; He is a God of love but we forget as Oswald Chambers observed, “The background of God’s love is holiness.” Until we really see how holy our God is we will never know the depths of His love. The emphasis is ALL upon our view of the love of God that we fail to comprehend in this generation of Christians who God truly is. Of course we cannot fathom the depths of God but it doesn’t stop anyone acquainting themselves with His ways. “And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD” (Judges 2:10). History repeats itself and our era resembles such an ignorance.
There is joy in the presence of the Lord but let us never become too familiar and absent minded of whom we stand before and profess to worship. We are to worship not the ‘man’ or the ‘big guy upstairs’ but our Heavenly Holy Father – “…thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28,29)