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Worship is not a spectator sport

Editor’s note: This blog originated as an email to the church on 2/7/18, but got lost in cyberspace on the way to the website.

 

Worship is not a spectator sport

Many of y’all that know me know that I am a huge college football fan, especially the Alabama Crimson Tide. I love watching the games and can get pretty animated at times. Don’t we all? Don’t we raise our hands to signal “touchdown” (or maybe a three-point shot on the hardwood around here)? Don’t we pump our fists after a good play? Don’t we shake our heads after bad plays or tough losses? I confess that I often get too animated by the wrong things.

And that brings me to worship. Do I really believe what I’m singing? Do I truly stand in awe of God? Do I bow down in worship, or kneel before the Lord our God our maker? Do I shout and leap and raise my hands to celebrate all He is and has done? To rejoice in His great love for me? Do I shake my head in sorrow for the ways sin still affects my life and the lives of those around me?

I ask these questions not because I think our personal worship times or our worship service should be a chaotic mosh pit or filled with “smoke and mirrors” in the name of a good show. God is the God of order, not chaos, and in His Word He shows us how to approach Him, but He is also worth getting excited about!

I want to rejoice in Him and be more expressive in praising Him for who He is and thanking Him for all He’s done. I want my life to demonstrate to Him that I love Him, and I want my passionate worship of Him to be as contagious as this year’s flu.

This Sunday we’ll be looking more closely at worship as our next foundation for a healthy church. King David, who has been described as a man after God’s own heart, will help show us the way.

Are you ready to join hearts and voices together in praise to our Lord and King?

See you Sunday!
Pastor Jason