A repost from my multiply site since year 2009,
Worship as it should be…
*** Just came from a “church” gathering.
I was suddenly reminded of the Philippines, ( I was still in a restricted access nation when i blogged about it) How we do things back in my country where there is freedom, you’re free to jump, praise, shout and clap your hands and it won’t be perceived as something weird , wrong or prohibited.
Here we got no guitars or any musical instruments (acoustic / electric / bass, or drums) we worship just with our voice… and most especially with our hearts..
Please don’t get me wrong, I was part of a worship team too and I very much enjoy worshipping our Creator in whichever ways, either that be through washing dishes, writing or singing songs, studying hard, working excellently or through honoring one’s parent or loving your family, after all worship is a lifestyle not just a once a week “thingy” (sunday worship).
I know you don’t wanna end up worshiping WORSHIP you don’t want to sing “how great is this song”, yes it’s good to appreciate the anointed worship leader, or very skillful music team, majestic full band, hair-raising choir , very flashy attires and styles of singing but we shouldn’t forget that are just means or ways of expressing worship and adoration to this great and majestic, awesome God. We use worship as a vehicle of expressing your love, dependence, trust, faith, obedience , adoration, gratefulness, hope, humility and recognition of Jesus Christ, for who he is in, around and above our lives until eternity.
For He is our Everything! All that we are belong to Him!
A friend of mine shared his observation of many churches he has been to. From the program , the demographics of people attending, the pastors, preaching, location, stage set-up, pulpit, lights, communion elements and almost everything he could criticize about. He said I think our church is almost close to “perfect church”. I interrupted him and said there’s no such thing as perfect church. You and I, almost everyone can always find fault, mistakes or things we dislike in the church we are part of. A relative of mine who dislikes drums in worship services showed me an evidence that it’s not in the Bible etc. You might have met people like them.
But I won’t forget this entry in my journal when i was still in a mission field, in a nation were Christian worship is prohibited.
“What a remarkable moment I am into, I need to write this experience.
Eyes weren’t on the powerpoint or big screens,but all closed with heads looking up,
hands aren’t raised, but knees all bent in awe and reverence,
humbling before Him now , longing for him.
Oh How great, how awesome, majestic and marvelous are you Lord God almighty!”
We can’t say this style is better than the other or it’s the other way around…
because bottom line, “man looks at the outside but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Wherever we are, we can worship Him in our own ways and expressions.
As long as it’s the same Jesus Christ whom we offer our highest adoration and praise and worship.