John 4:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
John Piper: “True worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine.” (see whole quote at end)
For Jesus calls,
And yearns for me with jealous love
Grow not weary nor wax dull
All creation tells of his glory above.
Be not so rigid, oh my mind
To ruminate on God
Like He were facts I could divide
Or make palpable his mystery
But mind collapse from my own wisdom
Spirit: do reveal God’s secrets unto me.
For what truth of God is unveiled
And my whole being is not indulged by it?
Though I may hear a thousand times his love
My heart’s a tomb ‘till he reveals it.
Be not so regimented oh my prayers
For Christ’s newness to my heart should
Burst upon my tongue like a babe
Who can do none but babble and coo and awe
And put forth shakily unsteady feet
That one greater may sweep him up
And lift him where he cannot reach.
Imagination: do not lager and drag
As if you need be ashamed or downplayed
Gift of God to me, behold his face
Though blurry see his arms reach for me
And uphold the universe all in one swift motion
While I am gathered up with him in glory
And the brightness of countless dawns
All shine in his eyes.
See this- a smile through shards of despair
Though brokenness emanates and marks certain days
But it stretches cross the span of all uncertainties because
I have a saviour not unfamiliar with suffering and pain
And when he died, I died with him
And rose with him to life again.
So see this- a shaking hand
Exalting God throughout the night
For his magnificence and splendour
Faithfulness and grandeur
A God who gave his son to save me from
My woeful plight.
Shall not my feet begin to dance with fervour
And rush wildly across the floor with vehement rejoicing?
What violence is there in the stomping of feet!
Oh, but feet that do stomp for his glory.
Soul, pant after his presence
As the tongue craves water in desert land
Avail thyself to the ecstasy
Of knowing Christ in his supremacy
Highest aim to love him with heart, mind, soul, and strength
Be it sapped all my tendencies to exert myself in other things
But Jesus: you are my all in all
With this breath I breathe for you my King
Be it far from me to bow before another
If I have not Jesus, I will have no other.
Whole Quote from John Piper in Desiring God pg.76
“Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half-full) of artifical admirers (like people who write generic anniversary cards for a living). On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship.” Amen.