Before we conclude this series, we must briefly weave together these three principles of worship by going back to the illustration of an instrument. Imagine that in preparation for coming together as the church in worship, we are members of a symphony, getting ready for a concert.
The Vertical Principal of Worship has explained to us who we will be playing for. It is a concert for a King, and so while there are many others who can and should benefit from it, it is for the King. His desires and requirements must always rule.
The Regulative Principle of Worship has shown us how to build our instruments. It has shown us how to identify the parts; to indentify what is in and what is out. Using it we can build an instrument that meets the King’s design.
The Internal Principle of Worship has shown us that from within us must flow the breath that will take that beautiful instrument and make it perform the function it was designed for. The King doesn’t want us to just show him the instruments; he wants them played.
Worship is a vertical act with horizontal impact.
We must worship God in all the ways and only the ways he has commanded in His Word.
The external act of worship must be an expression of true internal realities.
When all the principles come together, then you have a symphony of beautiful music worthy to be offered to the King.
(By: Nicolas Alford)
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