The Ingredients of Worship (2): Awe – A.W. Tozer

Tozer-Missing-JewelsIn an article on worship titled “Missing Jewel” (January, 1968), pastor A.W. Tozer wrote these words about some of the “ingredients” found in true worship:

     Also I think we ought not talk too much about Jesus just as Jesus. I think we ought to remember who He is. ‘He is thy Lord; and worship thou Him.’ And though he comes down to the lowest point of our need and makes Himself accessible to us as tenderly as a mother to her child, still don’t forget that when John saw Him (that John who had lain on Christ’s bosom), he fell at his feet as if dead.

I’ve heard all kinds of preachers: the ignorant boasters; the dull, dry ones; the eloquent ones; but the ones that have helped me most were the ones that were awestruck in the presence of the God about whom they spoke. Some had a sense of humor, but when they talked about God, they used another tone of voice; this was something else, something wonderful.

I believe we ought to return again to the Biblical concept of God that makes God awful and makes men lie face down and cry, ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.’ That would do more for the church than anything else (p.3).

Published in Essays on Prayer by A.W. Tozer and others (Inter-Varsity Press, 1968).

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