“Audience of One.”
That may have been how you have heard worship defined. I have said it countless times. This is not a post denying that. In fact, it is probably just the opposite. Yesterday, I wrote this post and asked a lot of questions. (It was even entitled “Questions”). I found myself busy all day with barely enough time to okay comments. Nothing challenging really. Until overnight I received a comment that stopped me in my tracks. I approved it and then responded. But space prevented a more complete response. Please understand I am not angry…at all. I respect the person who made the comment. I respect his right to make it. I respect his thoughts. I would simply like to elaborate on mine.
First, please read this passage. First, I probably can guess what you are thinking. “What a yawner!” Or maybe you are a little more open and say, “What the heck is that all about?” (Using that word here will be about as crude as I get). Huram, the subject of this passage, chose to build a masterpiece where no one will ever see. Except One, of course. I know me and I know that I would have had the tendency to say, “Shoot, no one is ever going to see up here. Shortcut time.” But Huram did not take that approach. Instead, he chose to do finite work, he chose to do his very best, even though no one would ever see it. Except One.
This is not a discussion/treatise for excellence in corporate worship. There is enough of that already. My post yesterday was written in a bunch of questions because it is time for the church to ask them! Too often we gather together and our gatherings are nothing more than social clubs. We go to see our new friend. Or that babe/hunk who turns our eye. Or the “show” put on by our team. Multiple reasons too numerous to mention here.
I CONTEND THAT OUR WORSHIP GATHERINGS ARE A WASTE OF TIME IF WE DO NOT COME WITH AN EXPECTATION THAT GOD WILL SHOW UP IN A BIG WAY.
I am not saying “a big way” as in dazzling array of sound and light. Matt Redman’s song, The Heart of Worship, was written after a season of no music in corporate worship because his pastor felt they had lost sight of God’s glory. They had lost sight of why they came. That is no different than “my” church, “your” church, or any other church around this globe. Perhaps the church in North America suffers it more since we are enamored by bright lights, and making an impact, and “reaching” Tom, Dick and Harry with “Sermon Lite and Music done right.” I’m not against excellence, but I sure am against excellence if it replaces the expectation for God to “show up.” I want to have an encounter with Him. I want others to experience the same. Have I mastered it? Not on your life! But I pray each time we gather for us to go beyond the show, the hype, the glitz, the glamor, and for us “to see Jesus and Jesus only.”
I try to keep my posts to 500 words or less and my counter tells me I am above that now. So, I will stop for now and leave my thoughts with you. But I would like to hear what you have to say. Feel free to express them-agree or disagree.