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1 December, 2017 11:35

December 1, 2017

IS OUR WORSHIP WORTHY OF OUR KING?

I may be left-handed and tone deaf but I love to sing. My problem is that if I raise my voice too loudly I’m prone to draw the attention and ire of those around me. The only way to overcome this troubling and embarrassment predicament is to have those around me sing louder than I do. While that sounds like a simple solution to my problem it doesn’t help. The fact is, I’m surrounded by fellow believers who barely sing.

I’m a committed member in one of the largest churches in town with an incredibly gifted group of singers and musicians and yet when the worship leader points his microphone out toward the congregation you can hear a pin drop.

Recently our daughter was home from the mission field and after we arrived home from a morning service, she said to me ‘Dad, why don’t they sing at your church?’ I told her that this had been troubling me for some time and thanked her for confirming my own observation. She went on to tell me that the church she attends in _____, the entire congregation sings at full volume drowning out the worship team.

The scriptures abound with exhortations about singing, clapping hands, raising hands, dancing and shouting to the Lord etc. The fact is that according to Peter, we gather as living stones to form a temple in which we are to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

One of those sacrifices we are exhorted to offer is the sacrifice of praise. Notice though that the sacrifice has to be acceptable. In other words the Great High Priest the Lord Jesus Christ either accepts or rejects our sacrifice depending on whether the sacrifice meets His standard or not. We read all about this in the book of Malachi, where we find God rejecting the sacrifices of His people because they didn’t measure up to His requirement. God even goes as far as to tell the gatekeepers to shut the gates of the temple because their worship from His viewpoint is useless.

In the third chapter of Malachi we are confronted with robbing God due to not bringing Him our tithes and offerings. Everyone knows that this passage is used (and perhaps abused) effectively when it comes to reminding the congregation to give. The fact is this also applies to ‘the sacrifice of praise’ When the congregation assumes the role of being more of a spectator than a participator then we too are guilty of robbing God of the worship due His Holy Name.

The role of a worship leader is to lead. Many times the worship team are caught up in their own world with their eyes closed and lost in wonder, love, and grace. The worship leader especially should be aware of the congregation’s involvement or lack thereof. His role is to inspire, exhort, encourage and stir the people to offer God their very best; not just some half- baked, mediocre, lackluster expression passed off as worship.

Perhaps I just need to forget about those around me and raise my voice regardless. After all, my focus should be God alone and He looks at my heart more than what’s coming from my head.

This is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Christ and recall the story of the three magi bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They clearly understood that their gifts had to reflect the worth of the one to whom they brought them. Shouldn’t our worship do the same?

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  1. jdelsanto permalink
    December 1, 2017 12:38 pm

    Amen! Guilty of keeping my mouth shut due to embarrassment; but the Lord wants every bit of us – even our tone deaf voices! I watch this one sermon of your Dad’s often (“What is your life?”), because it is of him singing, and he clearly sang from the heart. Blessings to you Brother David!

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