MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Worshiping How God Desires

August 14th, 2018 Viewed 209 times, 4 so far today
How should we worship the Lord?

Just the title of a recent post by Tim Challies makes me pause to think. The post was titled Why worship any way other than as God desires? and immediately brought to mind the idea that, as American believers, I’m not sure we know know what this is.

Challies article focuses on music in worship, which is definitely a hot-button issue in today’s churches, but a reading of the Old and New Testaments show us that God is much more interested in how we do what we do in service to Him than we are lead to believe.

Reconciliation is More Important than Worship

January 30th, 2010 Viewed 1722 times

boy and girl

As Christians, we tend to think that the most important thing we can do is to worship God.  In fact, that’s part of the response to the question of “What was I created to do?” where you’re supposed to reply, “To love and worship God forever.”

However, Christ wanted to make a point in the Sermon on the Mount about relationships, and he placed an interesting emphasis.

Never Good Enough

January 22nd, 2010 Viewed 1214 times, 1 so far today

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A. W. Tozer, in one of his books on Worship, has a shocking statement.  He basically tells his readers that they are worshipping incorrectly—but that it’s ok, because everyone worships incorrectly.

Why?  Because we cannot worship God fully until we are changed out of this sinful body and into a glorified one.

Because no matter how hard we try, we are imperfect.  Our sin nature falls short of perfection, and even though we have accepted Christ as Savior and have been redeemed through His shed blood, we are still at war with the Old Man.  We still have a nature that is imperfect.

It’s frustrating to try to be good, and yet know of its impossibility.  And yet we all know this quite well because of dealings in all areas of life.  Whether it’s relationships or our jobs, we all know that we can never be perfect, no matter how hard we try.

Frustrating, and yet peaceful—knowing that someday this will be made right.

Worship- Not Just a Weekend Sport

November 22nd, 2004 Viewed 1766 times

I’ve been reading through A. W. Tozer’s collection on Worship and Entertainment as part of assuming my new duties as Worship/Music Team leader at my church.  A lot of what he states in there coincided with what the sermon was about yesterday morning, so I figure that’s due up for my two cents here.

I believe that a lot of us, as fundamental Christians, are missing the boat.  I’m not quite sure why.  I have
tried to reason it to be because of our desire to stick to the Word– not a bad thing– making us predispositioned toward formal programs and methods.  I have no doubt that we start out with a passion for Christ, but is that really maintained?  Do we continue to have a passion for Him, or is that replaced with passion in general?  Do we keep doing the same things we did before because of the comfort of their familiarity and because that’s what we did when we were passionate about Him, and now it’s grown stale?

A lot of churches try to rectify the problem of “something missing” in their services with different music
choices or programs.  They think that they can change style or program and get something out of it– but I believe that they find that they only get a temporary “fix” since with any change there is a temporary bump until even that change becomes more of the same.

The problem is not the service or the programs, per se, it is the people.  The not-so-well-kept-secret is that worship is about an internal heart attitude rather than an external action.  Sure, a nice musical  number or a starry heaven can give us a warm feeling, but worship is more than that.  It is a humble adoration– a recognition for who God is.  This adoration will cause us to do that which is right and to be obedient out of love.  If you’re not worshiping God on Monday-Saturday, don’t expect that you’re worshiping God on Sunday is the way Tozer put it.

A worshiping heart can hear a speaker as dry as the Arizona desert and have his thirst quenched by the living water from the Spirit of God.  He can sing the dullest songs, and know that it is music to God’s ears.  He can be in the most difficult trial and know that God is with him.  A truly worshiping person is a person amazed and captivated by who God is.  He has a true understanding of how small he is compared to
God, and yet knows God loves him.

Oh that we had more men and women that worshiped God at all times– our churches, our workplaces,
our schools, and our world would not be the same.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.