Monday, December 13, 2010

Let's make some noise

Day 13 - Rediscovering the Christmas season

Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies; Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness; - Psalm 150 v 1 & 2

Yes I know worship is much more than singing, it is a lifestyle.

But one thing for sure is that the Bible makes it quite clear that worship is also music and singing focused on our great God.

Unfortunately growing up in church in the North of Scotland worship or more specifically worship style became a battle ground. Ancient Hymns we joined with "new" choruses. Churches were starting to discover other instruments than a Hammond organ. Clapping and raising of hands were acceptable in my church but moving of feet in any way that could be described as a "dance" were not.

Of course being a teenager in the early 80's I was one of the ones creating headaches for the older establishment. And if I am honest many times we were more focused on winning the worship war than the one who we should be worshiping.

But I remember reading a book back then by a guy called Arthur Wallis. I read a phrase that has stayed with me for almost 30 years. "The radicals of today become the die hards of tomorrow."

I vowed then that I would always be a radical or at least support the radicals.

So in the spirit of Psalm 150 lets turn the music up and rattle heaven with our extravagant offerings of magnificent worship and praise.

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