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- 8:15am - Prayer Time
- 9:15am - Bible Class
- 10:30am - Worship
The 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.