Monday, March 1, 2010

Just Songs?

"Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!
Sing about the glory of his name!
Tell the world how glorious he is.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.
Everything on earth will worship you;
they will sing your praises,
shouting your name in glorious songs.
Let the whole world bless our God
and loudly sing his praises.
Our lives are in his hands,
and he keeps our feet from stumbling."
Psalm 66:1-4, 8-9 NLT

I'm amazed and saddened by the attitude many Christians have toward worship. Many Christians feel that worship is something to hurry through. To endure. Tolerated at best. They stand frozen gritting out praise, or flip through the church bulletin. I'm amazed and saddened by the same thing; they just don't get it.

Worship is acknowledging and thanking God for His great love for us. It takes us into His presence. The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people. God sings over us. The saints and angels worship Him in heaven. God is worthy of our praise and worship.

When you have a life changing encounter with Jesus, when you realize and receive His love, how can your heart not burst into song? Can you not feel His presence in worship? How can expressing love, joy, and thanksgiving be boring? How can glorifying our loving Creator be merely songs, music, something to wade through? I just don't get it.

I don't feel that worship is taught. I think it is caught. For me it's not just songs to sing--it's love to express.

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