So, it has been a long time since my last post promising more posts… I will not promise more posts, but it is my desire to become more disciplined and write more often. We will see where that goes…
I had the privilege to lead worship for 6 or more weeks this summer. It was a great time. I had an amazing team of young musicians that were tremendously talented and had great hearts.
I quickly realized and remembered that musical styles and tastes are varied. I would love to write this and pick on all of “those” people who don’t share my tastes, but, I realize that I am a great offender of this issue myself.
I decided to go to a different church than the one I have been attending this past weekend, and lo and behold the topic was… “worship.” It was a powerful message and what I realized as I processed the message was that he never once even talked about styles. An entire message about worship and he didn’t discuss styles or methods.
He camped out on Psalm 100:
“1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
It is about identity. Whose are you? “He made us and we are his.” I would challenge you to use personal pronouns to get the effect… “He made me and I am his.” Worship is then an expression of declaring, “Yes, I am Yours!”
It is about service. v2 can be translated instead of “worship” to “serve.” The Amplified Bible has it “Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!” Which makes me think of the great theologian and recent local stray, Bob Dylan, and his hit song “You got to serve somebody.” You see we all worship something, we all are serving someone, someone sits on the throne of your life, who is it?
It is about obedience. Samuel says it best in 1 Samuel 15:22 “…Obedience is better than sacrifice…” How many songs do we sing about bringing sacrifices of praise? In John, Jesus states it fairly simply, “if you love me, you will obey me.”
The common theme in all of these statements…
Worship isn’t about you.
It is about who is on the throne, who is worthy, who is the King of kings.
The most convicting quote from this sermon was this:
“Come like you are coming into His courts, not like you are window-shopping.”
Psalm 27:8 “My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”