is there a case for worship?

What they say is true… alcohol leads only to trouble: tonight zoomy and neuro came round with the beers and it all ended in a big stimulating conversation about worship – we should have known.

Anyway it’s got me thinking and i need your thoughts. OK preface – before you all go off on one about worship being a lifestyle ya da ya da, i agree but for now i’m talking about worship in the sense of praise times.

Why do we sing in church? what is the purpose? is it just because it’s enjoyable, nice, emotional? Is the aim of the time of praise (whatever that looks like) to help people ‘connect’ with God? What does it mean to ‘connect’ with God? dunno. How does our worship ‘praise’ God? Is it only ‘praise’ when our hearts are in the ‘right place’? is it only praise when you feel something?… too many questions.

If i were to lead worship in your church what is the goal? I want God to be worshiped. but what does it really mean to worship God? is he worshiped when we say the right words? or play the right notes? God’s grace is expressed in his kindness to us. As we allow God to be God by receiving that grace then He is glorified, worshiped. Our song both gives birth to worship and is our response to it, it is not worship in and of itself. As we lead worship in our churches we should be creating a space for people to remember and consider who God is and what he has done and is doing that we would drink deeply form Him. Like piper says we glorify God by enjoying God. Our praise times therefore should reflect and point to God, both in it’s beauty and truth. This is why Beethoven or sufjan stevens or seeing an elderly lady reach across the table with her fork to give her husband a bite of a burger at a church bbq leads me to worship. why? because to see beauty is to acknowledge it and to acknowledge beauty and truth leads me towards God.

I do believe that there is something very powerful about corporate worship, we need each other, i need to hear you speak truth to me when i am full of doubt and fear, but it’s not just individually, we are a body and we need together to acknowledge the truth of who God is.

these are the beginnings of stiring thoughts in my mind… some are good some are rubbish you can go and figure it out as long as you come back and tell me the answer. maybe it’s all a big farse and we need never sing a song of praise again… if not why not? or maybe there is a much wider scope for our praise times, maybe next time i’ll blast some sigur ros from the speakers…  Small corner, i definately expect a response from you!

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6 Comments on “is there a case for worship?”

  1. meinmysmallcorner Says:

    Lol… Been there, done that my lass, but alas the internet failed me…

    http://meinmysmallcorner.wordpress.com/2008/04/02/the-internet-failed-me/

    Its defo on my to-do list! In the meantime I’m giving up singing praise.

  2. neuro-praxis Says:

    Giving up singing praise? Well, ok, I can relate to being confused about worship but one thing is for sure – the bible instructs us to sing songs of praise, so giving up singing them certainly isn’t the answer to anything.


  3. I think you’ve answered your own question pretty well yourself. I reckon we’ll not fully understand it until we get to heaven (and then we’ll have plenty of time to practice!)

    I agree with all that you say (and ask). I also think there is something special about the making of music in expressing ourselves. Music reflects our creativity and of being made in the image of God and so the expression of worship in music & song must be pleasing to Him. Recently I’ve been coming round to the idea that corporate worship (praise/singing or whatever you want to call it) is perhaps the most important thing we do together (?controversial)

    Small corner – sorry but you’ll def be on praise leading rota in July.

  4. qmonkey Says:

    …because collective song singing or chanting, is faith affirming.

  5. Sharath Says:

    Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 5:19-20)

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col. 3:16-17)

    A thoroughly thought-provoking blog! I think you’re spot on in saying that Beethoven, Sufjan or Elderly Lady lead us to worship. Do you mean lead us to instant mini-worship as we praise God there and then? But I would also say that all these mini-worship sesh’s throughout the week should be that which leads us to the ‘very powerful…corporate worship’. I think the main challenge I find is that I turn up on Sunday morning into a privileged position (free from persecution, meeting with other believers, hearing God’s Word being preached etc. etc.) but I haven’t prepared myself at all. I’m expecting to go from zero to sixty in the time it takes me to go from sitting to standing. Our whole lives should of course be worship but more than that, they should be the fuel for our corporate worship. How awesome I imagine it is that as we come to sing God’s praises, we have already spent a whole week considering what we have to be thankful for and it is then that worship is the realest experience you can have.
    I can’t think of who said it but there’s a quote along the lines of “Most Christians won’t preach heresy but most Christians will sing it.” (That’s a whole other discussion).
    But I wonder could we adapt it to say that most Christians aren’t blatantly hypocritical until they open their mouths to sing on a Sunday morning? I know that’s often the case with me…Surely a sure way of guarding against this hypocrisy is living our lives in a way worthy of worship.
    Hmmm…I’m getting carried away so I shall stop now!


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