The Anticipation of Worship

We must worship with the anticipation that God will graciously manifest His acceptance of our worship with unmistaking evidences of His presence. Too often we go through “worship motions” routinely and thoughtlessly without any expectations of consequence. To expect nothing is to get nothing. But God has promised to draw nigh to those who draw nigh to Him. What Isaiah saw was visionary symbolism, so we should not necessarily expect physical quaking or visual theophanies, nevertheless, we have every right to expect God to move within our hearts as with our hearts we give voice to praise.

Michael Barrett, The Beauty of Holiness, pp. 149-160

Life Is Worship

True and Biblical religion pervades life. In contrast to the postmodern propensity for separating different spheres of life into unrelated compartments, Biblical religion demands that a saving relationship with God defines and directs every experience and relationship in life. There can be, therefore, no disconnect between worship and life.

Michael P. V. Barrett, The Beauty of Holiness, pp. 170-171