Praise is really the chief object of all public acts of worship. We all need to examine ourselves at this point. We must remember that the primary purpose of worship is to give praise and thanksgiving to God. Worship should be of the mind and of the heart. It does not merely mean repeating certain phrases mechanically; it means the heart going out in fervent praise to God.
We should not come to God’s house simply to seek blessings and to desire various things for ourselves, or even simply to listen to sermons; we should come to worship and adore God. ‘Blessed be the God and Father’ is always to be the starting point, the highest point.
True emotion produced by the Holy Ghost always leads to humility, to reverence, to a holy love of God. A man may sing, or may dance for a while; but that does not persist. It is temporary and due to the weakness of the body; but what is permanent, and what proves genuineness, is that the man is filled with a sense of awe.
Our coming together in public worship should be a foretaste of heaven.
(Martin Lloyd-Jones: God’s Ultimate Purpose, 50, 287-288, 308)
We should come to worship and adore God.
‘Blessed be the God and Father’
is always to be the starting point,
the highest point.