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2. It teaches us that worship is a process. Again, though He certainly could have, God did not complete the whole of creation in an instant. He spent individual days followed by individual nights to carry out a process. God is dedicated to process. This is seen in the way He allows all things to develop. Consider the butterfly. Its transformation from creepy caterpillar to creature of beauty is a process that takes place in the cocoon. All of life, in fact—education, a lasting friendship, a solid marriage, successful parenting—involves process. One cannot hurry a process. God did not get in a hurry when He created. He committed Himself to a process. Further, everything He crafted requires a predetermined process in order to reproduce and grow. If we, like the Lord Himself, will commit ourselves to process—becoming student of worship and applying what we learn to our worship experience—our understanding of God and relationship with Him will grow. 3. It teaches us that worship requires growth. As God created the heavens, the earth, and all that is within them, He day by day “grew” His universe. It began with light, then atmosphere; later, things with gills and things with wings, and so on. From creation to creation, God constructed the growing cosmos—again, working within the parameters of time and process. Time allows for growth, for maturation. And each time evening passed and morning came, God was allowing things to grow. Growth is essential to development and maturity. This applies not only to the mighty redwood that sprouts from a seed, but to our worship, which springs from our first recognition of who God is. Growing as a worshipper is part of God’s plan to reveal Himself. The more we learn about Him, the more we will want to worship Him. The more we worship Him, the more we’ll want to know Him. The more we know Him, the more we’ll want to be with Him . . . then love Him . . . then serve Him. And on and on it goes. Just as God daily grew His universe, we must grow our relationship with God.

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Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

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