2 - What is the Role of Emotion in Worship?

See God truly and feel Him duly


Worship is empty and vain if it is only about going to church and mere movements of our lips, hand and knees. In this session John Piper explains the role of emotions in the root of our faith and worship. 


Matthew 15:7-8 (ESV)

7You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

8“‘This people honors me with their lips,

but their heart is far from me;

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


John 1:12-13 (ESV)

12But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


John explained that the spiritual affections of our heart must be there or worship isn't authentic. Those who may have the willpower to do and say the right things but their hearts are far from God are, in reality, hypocrites. But our spiritual emotions can rise and fall according to physical and emotional circumstances. Have you ever been—or are you now—in a period of vain worship? What was/is the reason?
Log In to Continue

John contrasted the appropriate emotion of "spiritual affections of the heart for God" with the physical phenomenons that are not based in spirit. Examine your spiritual affections. Are they from your spirit or only physical phenomenons? Is there anything that needs to change?
Log In to Continue

John stated that joy in God is the reason we were made. At the root of our faith is an awakening to the value of Jesus. It is an end in itself. What is the role of joy in your relationship with God?
Log In to Continue

What encouragement can you take from this teaching for your own worship and delight in God?
Log In to Continue


As you contemplate John's Valentine's Day story that illustrates the honor we feel when our presence is enjoyed, remember that God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him. We get the joy and God gets the honor.