This is the first of three posts on the character of worship.
In the midst of any worship service in any church in any country if you look closely you will see at least three kinds of worship. In fact I would venture that there are many more than these, but let’s keep it manageable for now by looking more closely at just these three.
2. Egocentric: centered in or arising from a person’s own existence or perspective
3. True: Accurate, exact, loyal, faithful.
Vain worship can be seen as the worship that is more concerned with the rules and regulations of men, and not God. Being clear, many people can and do worship God within the liturgy of their church, observing the “system” of order used in their worship services. Being just as clear, many people use those same systems of order to purposefully remain at arms length, distant from God. Let’s talk about the circumstances of the heart, and not the time period of the service. How many times have you met or talked to someone that was reached during worship, only to never come back? Sometimes the order of worship and the system used is more important than the connection to God. Worship is not about observing the rules and regulations of men and the world. It is about connecting to the God of creation and giving Him all that you are in an intense, brief moment. Loving, calling, desperate before the One that gave it all.
Matthew 15:7-9 ~ Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”
My challenge to you: observe your worship services. Be careful that YOU are not the cause of this in your worship services. As worship Leaders, to lead in worship means that you must be the first to actually worship. Be careful not to slip into vanity, passing off the worthless as the precious.
Thoughts and comments welcomed.