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!