A Timeline of Corporate Sanctuary Worship
Nathan Byrd, internationally known worship pastor, traces Sanctuary Worship from its Hebraic root right up to contemporary Christianity in his book “The Future of Worship.” He compares the three dimensions of worship with the Tabernacle: The Outer Court, the Inner Court, and the Most Holy Place. He describes the Shekinah glory and the worship of New Testament believers.
I became intrigued with Byrd’s word study of what he defines as the four eras of worship: The tabernacle, the temple, the synagogue, and the sanctuary. He also describes the evolution of worship over the last forty years. He uses a workable approach to develop his thesis with relevant illustrations and relational situations.
His conclusions are solid, alive, and applicable with a strong emphasis on holiness.
Byrd establishes a pattern and call to worship that will shatter complacent attitudes about worship which will lead the reader to a place of deeper worship likened to “the holy of holies.” This demands a paradigm shift back to the pattern and purpose originally designed by God. Byrd’s writing is biblically based and provides significant insight into worship as our heart’s response to the knowledge of God’s plan for approaching His throne of grace as individuals and as a church as we approach His throne to express our worship through music, praise, gratitude, and the teaching of God’s Word.
“The Future of Worship” paves the way wave to a new paradigm of the understanding and experience of Biblical worship.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.