For the Glory of God // Daniel I. Block.
Block’s new book is undoubtably worthy of the numerous scholarly appraisals; this mini-tome is assuredly a scholar’s gift to the church. As usual, Block writes with attentive detail and lucid script. His comprehensive panorama of worship demands pervasive reflection and reformation. The first few chapters introduce the Object and Subject (used grammatically) of Worship. The bulk of the book is devoted to unveiling fully bodied worship: daily life, family, ordinances, scriptures, prayer, music, and sacrifices. The last few chapters explicate the drama (story), space, and leaders of worship. Through and through, Block grinds our preconceived misconceptions of worship to his Biblical maxim: “True worship involves reverential human acts of submission and homage before the divine Sovereign in response to his gracious revelation of himself and in accord with his will.”