The Priority of Worship is a book. But, it’s not just a book to read and put on the shelf with all the other books you’ve read (or almost read.) I trust that worship is something that is part of your life and lifestyle. Worship, for you, may be just something you do on Sundays, at church. If you do, that’s good. But, God, our Father and King is worthy of so much more. He is still your Father and King on Monday and every other day. Am I right?
The Priority of Worship is indeed a book, that is meant to teach you to extend and expand and enjoy your worship. To make worship a priority. It is written in a way that will enable you to worship God more and worship Him better than before. Whether you are a new believer, or a seasoned saint, you can always worship Him more and better. I really believe that if we could just sit down and have a conversation about how and when we worship, then we could both be encouraged and edified about worship. We could learn from one another and in the process, please our Father. Please Him more and better.
So, this is just the beginning of our conversation. I hope that we can have an ongoing conversation, as a community of believers that will enrich and empower our worship, individually and collectively. But, before we begin, we must have some point of reference. A place to begin. The Priority of Worship will be that point of reference.
If you have a copy, then thanks. Begin to read it through. Make notes in the margins and use a highlighter liberally.
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I’m looking forward to learning how to worship our God, more and better, together.
I recently read an article about God’s name YHWH that I’d never heard and it made me aware of another way to worship Him. It said the sounds of pronouncing YHWH without the vowels we have added is likened to the sounds of inhaling -YH – and exhaling – WH. With every breath, we are in essence always saying God’s name. Wow! That has stuck with me as not only another way to worship Him but also as a reminder He is with my every breath!
Becky, thanks for your response. My study indicates that the actual pronunciation of the name YHWH may have been lost to the ages. So, I guess it’s up to us to find a way to say this wonderful name for ourselves. I pronounce it in a similar way that your article suggests. I say “YAH” with an AAHHHH sound like what your dentist wants. Then I say “WHAY” with a breathy WH at the beginning and WAY at the end.
YAHWHEY = YAHWEH = YHWH
Many people prefer to use the J and V sounds in Jehovah. This is perfectly fine as well.
However, when pronounce God’s covenant name, we should always do it with the proper respect. And we must never use it in a frivolous or disrespectful way.
“You shall not take the name of the LORD [YHWH] your God [ELOHIM] in vain, for the LORD [YHWH} will
not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. Exodus 20:7 NASB
We have developed a tradition of not saying the word “God” in this way. We still replace it with a euphemism like “gosh” or “golly” to avoid breaking the 3rd commandment. But, is “God” really His name? The Third Commandment tells us that YHWH is His name (twice) and it’s this name that we should never misuse. It never tells us not to use His name, but not to use it in vain.
So, let’s worship our YHWH, by name. Give Him the glory He deserves.
“YHWH, You are so good to us. Thank You!”