Christian's life and in the church's worship. Apparently, I spoke too highly of God's Word (is that possible?) to the point that he cautioned me to be careful that I don't become a bibliolater - that is, a Bible worshiper. Ever since then I've wondered if it was possible to over-emphasize the Bible and to indeed become a worshiper of the Word of God instead of the God of the Word.
Jim Shaddix, in his book, The Passion Driven Sermon, has gone TO the Word of God to help alleviate my fears. His explanation is so very helpful.
...the Bible makes little distinction between God and His Word when it comes to the praise offered by His people. In recent years, some Christians have become concerned that the renewed emphasis on biblical authority would lead to bibliolatry, or the worship of the Bible. But based upon His Word, God probably isn’t nearly as concerned about that possibility as we have become. The psalmist said:
In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust
In God (I will praise His word), In the LORD (I will praise His word)
My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, Which I love, and I will meditate on Your statues
My flesh trembles for fear of You, And I am afraid of Your judgments
and maybe most astounding of all,
I will worship toward Your holy temple,And praise Your name
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name
These are just a few of the many examples of how Scripture makes little distinction between God and His Word (see also Psalm 119:9-11, 49-50, 97-98, 123, 137-144; 130:5-6). When we praise His Word, we are praising Him. So when His voice is magnified in the sermon, God draws people to Himself. Oh, how we need to reclaim the role of Scripture reading and expository preaching in corporate worship, and how we need to revere God’s Word with praise when it is proclaimed!