Four Movements in Corporate Worship

Corporate worship contains four basic movements: Glory, guilt, grace, and gratitude. The wonderful hymn of praise “God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory” beautifully illustrates this.

Glory: The radiant beauty of our God is seen in all that He has made, especially the pinnacle of His creation – man. The only fitting response is to worship this God of glory as a lifestyle. “Music, art, the fruitful garden, all the labor of his days, are the calling of his Maker to the harvest feast of praise.”

Guilt: However, we have a problem. “Our sins have spoiled Thine image; nature, conscience only serve as unceasing, grim reminders of the wrath which we deserve.” Ligon Duncan reminds us: “From time to time our guilty conscience drags us before the throne of God to sit before the One who will judge us .” Knowing our spiritual peril, we refuse to make excuses and instead run for safety to the foot of the cross where we find an all-sufficient Savior.

Grace: The only cure for true guilt is real grace – the unmerited favor from an unobligated Giver. “Yet Thy grace and saving mercy in Thy Word of truth revealed claim the praise of all who know Thee, in the blood of Jesus sealed.”

Gratitude: In response to this grace, we resolve to heed God’s Word from a heart full of gratitude. “Saved to magnify Thy goodness, grant us strength to do Thy will; with our acts as with our voices Thy commandments to fulfill.” Why not embrace this four-fold pattern in your personal time with the Lord?

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