The following is a paraphrased excerpt from Paul Tripp’s Dangerous Calling (139-140):
We come into worship in the middle of a war that we probably don’t recognize. It is a war for the allegiance, the worship, of our hearts. In ways we probably don’t understand fully, we have again and again asked the creation to give us what only the Creator can provide. We have looked horizontally again and again for what can only be found vertically. We have asked people, situations, locations, and experiences to be the one thing they will never be: our savior. We have looked to these things to give us life, security, identity, and hope. We have asked these things to heal our broken hearts. We have hoped that these things would make us better people. So a war rages and we sit in worship like so many wounded soldiers. It is a glory war, a battle for what glory will rule our hearts and, in so doing, control our choices, words, and behaviors.