Last week I had a little rant about song writing and picking songs for worship that are Christ centered… This week I want to touch on the broad subject of worship.
My wife got me a book for Christmas by A.W. Tozer which talks about Christian worship and how we basically stink at worshiping God. This book is comprised of many sermons by Tozer and the first sermon hit me right in the face. Tozer talks about how Christians seem too quiet in their worship of God. He used this scripture as a reference to how loud the people of Jerusalem were when Jesus entered the city on Palm Sunday:
“…the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud
voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” (Luke 37-40 ESV)
How crazy would it have been if indeed the stones did cry out? The Pharisees would have probably had heart attacks! The sad truth is that some of our own churches seem a little too quiet. Obviously I am not saying that the congregations around the world should shout and scream just for the sake of noise, but I am stating that the Church as a whole could use a little more passion for our Jesus. Passion for the creator of the universe so that we worship Him for all He truly is (at least for all our feeble minds can grasp of his grandeur). I am not excluding myself from this group.
There is a point where Tozer talks about being embarrassed to raise or clap your hands or shout “Amen” in your church. He says that if this is the case, you need to have a meeting with the Holy Spirit and have an awakening within. I have to be honest, there have been many times where I wanted to say “Amen” and start clapping for something my pastor says– but didn’t. Why not? Why would any of us be embarrassed by glorifying God by shouting “Amen” or clapping for what someone says about Him?
So my quick challenge to us today is this: Let’s GET LOUD for Jesus this week. When you walk into your local church this week, walk in with anticipation and expectation; expecting God to move greatly in your life and in the life of the Church. Do not be afraid to lift your praises to Jesus so loudly that the person sitting next to you regrets sitting there. Wouldn’t that be funny (and probably annoying at the same time for that person)? But in all seriousness, let us not be ashamed to walk in the joy of Christ this week!