Note: This review is written by Terry Wilkes, Associate Pastor and Minister of Music at Metro Baptist Church.
Leviticus 10:3 records the words of the Lord, “I will be sanctified in them that come nigh Me, and before all the people I will be glorified.” Moses speaks these words to Aaron his brother after the disturbing death of Aaron’s two sons, Nadab and Abihu, who offered unauthorized incense before the Lord and were struck down in judgment. These words are also the theme of the book, “Gospel Worship” (Soli Deo Gloria Publishing) originally published in 1648 by Jeremiah Burroughs, a minister in London, England. The subject of worship is often thought to be a contemporary issue, however many men over Christian history at various times have been concerned about the issue and have written on the true worship of the church. The recent reprint of this book is evidence of that.
Burroughs rightly places the emphasis of all acts of worship on the sanctity and reverence of God’s name. It is not enough to honor and reverence His name only when the church observes communion. We must come prepared to sanctify God’s name in singing, in the hearing of the Word, and in prayer. Those who sanctify God’s name are those who pursue holiness in every thought, deed and moment, so that they have sanctified themselves for the worship of God. Our approach to the worship of God and the hearing of His Word is a reflection of our view of God Himself. This book is an excellent resource for the correction of the low view of God evident in modern Christianity, and a lack of seriousness in our approach to the worship of God.