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worshipping worship
Posted: Jul 20, 2010 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

Ok it’s confession time.  I am generally not a big music guy.  I don’t mind music but it is not a huge driving force in my life.  I have always been interested in sports.  I have never played an instrument…….unless you count playing the trombone in 5th grade for 3 weeks before I quit.  I don’t like watching American Idol except of course for the first few episodes where we get to watch classic acts such as William Hung and the “Pants on the Ground,” guy.  I occasionally listen to music on my iPod primarily to country or contemporary worship. 

I understand that our culture has an intense passion for music.  Music defines a lot of people.  It is what they live for similar to an athlete that lives to play their certain sport.  Many Christian people share that same intense love for music.  As a pastor, I have found that worship preference is a very big deal for most people.  Some people like the old hymns.  Some prefer modern contemporary.  Some like loud music and others think loud music hurts their ears too much.  We have large numbers of people that are leaving churches in America today simply because they don’t like the type of music that their church has or doesn’t have.  Can I be 100% honest with you?  Do we really think that God himself prefers one style of music over another?  When we sing songs in a church service……who is the attended recipient of who we are singing those songs to?  The obvious answer is God.

I always find it fascinating when a person says to me, “man that worship was awesome.”  Every time I hear that statement, I always ask myself who the worship was awesome for.  Was it awesome for you or was it awesome for God?  We as Western (American)  Christians have a love affair with our own feelings.  If a worship service makes us feel a certain goose bump, than it must have been “anointed.”  I believe that we are missing the mark if we think that worship is something that we do only when we sing.  We can worship as we sing……but that is not the end.  We can worship by giving.  We can worship by sharing our faith with others.  We can worship by not sinning.  We can worship by being obedient to what God has called us to do.  Jesus himself told the Pharisees and other religious leaders that He asks for obedience not for sacrifice.  I don’t think we should consider ourselves as “godly” people if we raise our hands and jump in a church service and then go home and disobey God.  I think God loves outward expressions of worship like singing, and dancing and shouting.  But you know what I think He likes more?  Inward obedience. 

  • Obeying our parents when we don’t feel like it…….worship
  • Sharing our faith even when it makes us feel uncomfortable……worship
  • Giving to God……..worship
  • Helping the needy……worship
  • Serving someone who can’t repay you……worship
  • Forgiving someone who hurt you…….worship
  • Loving your enemies……worship

May we be people that do ALL that we do as unto the Lord.  Should we give our all when we sing in church services?  Yes, Yes, Yes!   But let’s not just be people that give our all when the worship band plays our favorite song.  Let’s be a people that give our all when no one is watching but God.  I leave you with the Lyrics to a song by Clint Brown.

“You don’t majestic choirs, with awesome voices raised.  You don’t a congregation, just to offer me your praise.  You don’t need a mighty orchestra, to bless me with your song.  You get all of my attention, when you worship me alone.”

With Expectancy!

Corey

corey@firstassemblywest.com

One Response to “worshipping worship”

  1. Jason Maupin says:

    I like this one. Good stuff, proud of you!

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