Awesome Worship

awesomeThe word “awesome” has changed it’s meaning from something that takes your breath away and leaves you with a sense to respectful fear to something akin to the 50’s word, “neat-o”.   What would happen if we spent more time pondering the God we worship than planning how best to worship Him?

I am certainly not opposed to worship planning.  In fact, it is an essential part of what we do as a church.  However my studies in preparation for this sermon series have made me more conscious of the fact that there are many pitfalls we can so easily fall into when it comes to the worship assembly.

In Story Group last night someone mentioned the pitfall of worshiping worship.  It was in answer to the question about the difference between creating awesome worship and worshiping the Awesome One.  Someone else pointed to the word “creating” as an indication of how easy it is to feel a sense of pride in what we have created.  How quickly that could distract us from worshiping the only Creator!

I wonder if we make too much noise in our worship?  I know the value of celebration with its accompanying singing and shouting.  All of this is of course very appropriate as we ponder the Awesome God we worship (See Luke 19:40).  But shouldn’t there also be times of respectful silence?

  • “The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)
  • “When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” (Revelation 8:1)

Loud or quiet, may all of our worship be a response to the Holy One, motivated only by our desire to revere and respect his name. May we be full of awe as we acknowledge Him as the only one who is truly awesome.

 

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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5 Responses to “Awesome Worship”

  1. avatar Tom Butler says:

    I teach our teens that worship is much more than what we do on Sunday mornings in church. Worship is in fact everything that we do. Worship is singing, worship is also serving, talking, laughing, loving, reading the Bible, sitting in silence, reflecting, thanking, teaching, and much more!
    We have to be very intentional not to fall into the traps of not only worshiping worship, but also putting worship in an hour-long box on Sunday mornings.

    • avatar Byron Fike says:

      Welcome Tommy! Glad you stopped by. I appreciate your comments. Two Sundays ago I compared corporate worship to a symphony where those who have been playing their instruments privately join together. In the same way we worship all week as individuals and then join together to have a symphony of worship where we are the performers and God is the audience.

      • avatar Tom Butler says:

        Hi Byron! Glad to be here :)

        I once preached a sermon on what worship is, and we talked about how the public reading of Scripture was a way that we worship together. Then I had a couple of people with mics walking around, and congregants had the opportunity to read their favorite Scripture, and share why it was so meaningful to them. It was a really cool experience.

  2. avatar Jim Fletcher says:

    For some time, I think the contemporary worship scene has shortchanged us in the areas of silence and quiet contemplation/prayer/thought. Part of this shortcoming is due to our culture of immediate gratification. Our current culture wants to have something happening at all times. I try to build a “quiet time” in some of the service plans to counteract the “busy” atmosphere of a church assembly and to restore some balance.

    It is interesting that your group came up with the concept of “worshiping worship”. I have considered that concept quite a few times over the past 20 or so years. We should ask, “does our worship ever become an end in itself?” If the answer is yes, then a reassessment is definitely in order.

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