The Language of Worship
This post is based off the last one.
God receives worship from us, how is it understood or evaluated?
My immediate response would be that He listens and He watches. But, that is so ‘human’. God must be able to evaluate our worship with a different sense. The reason? Listening and watching is not effective when it comes to judging authenticity. Sure, we can look at someone and think they are telling the truth or are sincere, but God is not that sketchy. When our ‘worship’ arises to God, He must know from beginning to end if that worship is real or forced…if the motive is true or alternative.
Most modern churches place a lot of emphasis on the production of our worship at church. We ask questions like: Are the melodies and tempo right? Is everyone on key? Are the instruments tuned and ready? What about lighting and video sequences?
The focus drifts from original intent (communicating with God) to impressing the five human senses. We feel like if we hear, smell, taste, see, and touch that the worship is good, then it is pure. I can’t help but think that God’s senses rely on sensors beyond the human capability. They must be so much more reliable.
What if God received worship by:
- The Intent of your Heart (Romans 2:29) – If melodies and words come from your inner most being…
- The percent of Talent you use (Matthew 25) – If you are using all your available resources and not holding anything back…
- The unity of the Believers (Matthew 5:24) – If you are unified with others, holding no grudges…
If you are wanting to please God with your worship, offering, and talents, I would look at how you match up with the three above. Even more than making sure you are singing on key, getting the music just right, or saying the ‘right’ words.