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Worship to the audience of One

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This is the last blog in the worship series.  For now anyway.

I simply want to encourage you today to worship in real David style with all your might.  Don’t worry about what people think – they don’t count.  What counts is what God thinks of your worship.  Focus on Him alone.  Forget about the people around you.  You are not there to put up a performance for them.  You are there to worship God, because He is good, He is faithful, He loved us even when we were desperately lost.  We have all the reason in the world to worship Him.

If you don’t know how to really worship in abandonment, visit a black congregation.  Trust me – you will see worship – David style.  Without any concern for any other person.  They worship for 12 hours long – easily – and they do it WITH ALL THEIR MIGHT!

Worship to the audience of One.  He is your audience.  Nobody else.

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When it comes to worship, are you a participator or a spectator?


If you know what different people in the church do during worship, you are a spectator.  If you have no clue what other people do because you are busy worshiping God, you are a participator.

Today I want to speak to the spectators.

Be careful what you think and say about the worshipers in the church.  The lady that dances in the passage, the man behind you whose vocal ability leaves nothing to be desired, the person next to you who maybe claps his hands out of beat, the woman who always start singing in tongues etc.  These people are worshiping and you are spectating.  You are in a very dangerous situation.

In 2 Samuel 6 we read about David who was bringing the Arc of the Covenant back.  He was worshiping while they bringing the arc back.  

2 Samuel 6:5
David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.

They were celebrating WITH ALL THEIR MIGHT!  That must have been one noisy worship session!  Unfortunately, there was a spectator and her name was Michal.

2 Samuel 6: 20 – 23
When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

Michal criticized David’s worship and the result was that she was barren for the rest of her life.  You see, what other people do when worshiping is none of your business.  They are busy with God.  Be careful that you don’t act like Michal did.  You might just become spiritually barren.  If you are praying and it feels as if your prayers bounce back from the ceiling, sit and think whether you have been a Michal at some point.  That person who worships in abandonment, in real ‘David style’, is pleasing to God.

John 4: 23 – 24
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Is noisy worship and the loud band a problem to you?  Get used to it!  Heaven is not going to be quiet!!!  In Revelation 19 you will read that worship in heaven with be like thunder!

Repent today of being a worship spectator.  Become a worship participator.




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I wonder how many times in my life I had to listen to people complaining about the songs sung in church.  Some complain about too many old songs being sung.  Some complain about too many new songs being sung.  Some complain because the songs are sung repeatedly.  Let’s quickly look at these…

Old songs: Think for a moment about old hymns like ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘It is well with my soul’ and ‘Guide me oh Thou great Jehovah’.  Did you know that these songs are in ‘public domain’?  This means that there is no more copyright on the songs as the composer has been dead for 50 years or longer.  What chance is there that any of the songs I composed will still be sung in only one church more than 50 years after my death – let alone being sung all over the world?  Little chance if any.  So what makes these songs so special?  Obviously God likes these songs.  There is anointing when these songs are sung.  So the conclusion?  There is still space for the old songs in church.
New songs:  It’s nice to learn new songs.  I think the mistake made by worship leaders is to have too many new songs too fast.  Worship is like dancing.  You are not dancing as long as you are counting the steps.  You are not worshiping as long as you have to concentrate on the melody and the words.  So new songs tend to ‘break’ the worship atmosphere.  For that reason, I recommend that a new song is introduced to the congregation as the first song.  Tell them they are going to learn a new song.  When the song is done, carry on with songs they know so that they can worship instead of just sing.
Songs sung repeatedly:  We sing songs repeatedly so that people can stop ‘counting the steps’ and start ‘dancing’.  The more you sing it, the easier it gets to close your eyes and focus on God, instead of focusing on the words on the board.  The more songs you know, the easier it is to worship!
And now a word to the people complaining:
You are missing one very important point!  The worship team is not there to entertain you!  They are there to help you worship God.  It’s all about God!  It’s not about you!  No worship team will ever be able to satisfy all the needs and wants of the congregation and we are not meant to do it either.  We are there to provide a vehicle with which you can get to the presence of God Almighty.  It is your choice whether you are going to stand and criticize the vehicle, or whether you are going to get on board.  It is your choice whether you are going to worship God whatever the song, or whether you are going to be left out of His presence while you are complaining about the songs.
Stop complaining!  Start worshiping!