It doesn't matter if I am in church, in the car listening to a CD, out walking with my ipod cranked up full in my ears, sacred words set to music has a way of transporting my spirit into the presence of God. Through "worship" my perspective is regained and my identity in Christ illuminated.
I have never understood the common and often said complaint from my fellow church goers that they "didn't get any thing from the worship in church this morning."
Worship is be definition about giving and not getting. But every time I have given no matter what the setting God has given me so much back. Not the local church band, not the world famous worship leader but God has given me so much back. But that is never why we worship, we worship because of who he is.
It doesn't matter if we are lead by a 90 year old off key lady in a cold ancient church on an old Hammond organ or we have the whole Hillsong band pitch up in our living room - worship is our privilege.
Of course worship is much much more that singing its part of who we are and as Mark Driscoll explains in his book "Who do you think you are?" it's something we NEVER stop doing!
Here are a few quotes from the first chapter:
- We are created continuously outpouring. Note I did not say we were created to be continuous outpourers. Nor did I imply that we were created to worship.... It might not even be safe to say that we were created for worship.
- It is important to say that we were created continuously outpouring.
- Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever become in light of a choosing God. - Harold Best
- We are not created to worship, but rather we are created worshipping.
- All of humanity can be divided into two categories: those who worship the creator and those who worship created things.
- Everything in life is sacred, and nothing is secular.