|Worship That Makes You Say 'Wow'
WORSHIP THAT MAKES YOU
Worship services are not on the list of things that
make most people shout "Wow!" In PLAYING MARBLES WITH DIAMONDS (Baker
Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1985, p. 49), Vance Havner commented on the
low quality of much "worship" in Modern America: "God forgive us
for gathering in His name, not expecting much to happen, praying for rain
but not carrying our umbrellas. We pay church staffs to do church
work and then gather on Sunday to watch them do it! It is a performance,
not an experience. When the preacher stands up to preach, the attitude
is, 'All right, preacher, let's see what you've got.' When he finishes
we say in effect, 'I move to accept this as information and be dismissed.'
No wonder we meet at eleven o'clock sharp and end at twelve o'clock dull."
The New Testament directs every worshiper to worship God in spirit and
in truth (John 4:24). We who worship are, in the final analysis,
in charge of the quality of our worship. If WE are dull, worship
will be dull. If WE are sharp, worship will be sharp, too!
Revelation 4 reveals worship that will make you
say, "WOW!" What is taking place in that chapter is worship of the
Almighty God--pure, unadulterated, high-octane worship. Revelation
4:8-11 describes the scene: "Four living creatures... do not rest
day or night, saying: 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and
is and is to come!' Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor
and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, and
cast their crowns before the throne, saying: "You are worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by
Your will they exist and were created." Worship in Heaven is not
dull. And it is not about me and it is not about you. No one
there is saying they don't get anything out of the worship. No one
is bored or calling for "worship renewal." No one is in a hurry to
get out and no one is leaving during the closing song. No one is
whispering or sleeping or clipping their finger nails or any of the many
distracting things some people do during worship here on earth. In
Heaven the congregation is not worshiping praise or praising worship.
They are worshiping and praising and thanking and adoring God for who He
is. They are having worship that would make any genuine Christian
say, "WOW!" because their focus in on the Almighty, eternal, creator God
who should make us say, "WOW!" When was the last time worship made
you say, "WOW!?" If everyone worshiped the way you do, would worship
be dull or dynamic?
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