Worship must be done humbly

It is not worship without humility. They who worship have a deep sense of their own vileness.

In Scripture the saints of the Most High in all their addresses to God, have always low thoughts of themselves. As the centurion, Matt 8:8, ‘Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof;’ and the great example of faith, Abraham—‘O Lord, I am but dust and ashes,’ Gen 18:27.

When we come to converse with God, it will put us in remembrance of our distance. Rev 5:8, ‘The elders fell down before the Lamb.’ There will be a comparing of ourselves with God.

Alas! what is our drop to his ocean? What is a candle before the sun? The children of God shrink into nothing, whether you respect the benefit they receive, or the glory of God’s presence in worship.

Gen 17:3, when God came to tender his covenant to Abraham, ‘he fell upon his face,’ in humble adoration of God, because of the richness of his bounty.

So when you consider the glory and majesty of God, you must humbly adore in the presence of God.

—Thomas Manton
The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, vol. 13 (London: James Nisbet & Co., 1873), 454.


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