"What did you get out of the service today?"
It's a question that many parents might ask their children on the way home from church. But a closer study of biblical worship reveals that a better question might be "What did God get out of your worship today?"
Many churches provide variety in worship, offering traditional worship at one service and contemporary worship at another. The clear implication is that worship style is simply a matter of personal preference--that worship style does not matter to God. But does God agree? Are the sincerity and personal enjoyment of the worshiper the only important considerations? The only way to know what God thinks is to examine His Word.
In The Glory Due His name, Gary Reimers explores what God expects in worship. Reimers draws parallels between wrong forms of ancient worship and dangerous trends in modern services. He also shows how worship services can continue to give God the kind of worship He demands. This study of the doctrine of public worship is essential for all who desire to worship God in spirit and in truth.
Gary Reimers (PhD, Bob Jones University) is a professor of theology at Bob Jones University Seminary.