From Bob Kauflin, Worship Matters, 27-28.
Let’s say you and I run into each other at Starbucks, and you start
telling me how much you’ve enjoyed getting to know my son, Jordan.
You go on to describe him as a five-foot-two saxophonist who has an
avid interest in cooking Italian food and playing cricket.
I give you a funny look. “You must be thinking of someone else. Jordan
is a six-foot-tall drummer who loves to eat, not cook, Italian food. And
though he excels in many sports, cricket isn’t one of them.”
But you continue extolling a short, sax-playing, pasta-cooking cricket
player as you repeat several times, “He’s just a great guy!”
Such praise would be meaningless because it would be based on inadequate
and inaccurate information. Your “doctrine of Jordan” would be
wrong. And however strong your appreciation, I think you’d like him more
after discovering what he’s really like.
It’s like that with us and God. He calls us not only to love him but to
“love the truth” about him (2 Thessalonians 2:10). We worship the One
who says he is the truth and who tells us, “the truth will set you free” (John
14:6; John 8:32). God wants everyone “to come to the knowledge of the
truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). And he reveals his wrath against those who “suppress
the truth” (Romans 1:18). Jesus said he would send “the Spirit of
truth,” and he asked God to sanctify his disciples “in the truth,” which he
identified as God’s Word (John 16:13; 17:17).
The better (i.e., the more accurately) we know God through his Word,
the more genuine our worship will be. In fact, the moment we veer from
what is true about God, we’re engaging in idolatry.
Regardless of what we think or feel, there is no authentic worship of
God without a right knowledge of God.