Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Man of Worship


Standing there next to my wife, I can hear her voice amongst the crowds of other voices. We're at Church on Sunday morning and it is the time they call worship. She has such a beautiful voice. I consider that maybe her voice is enough worship for the both us. Excuses. I take a look around the Church at the other men to see what they are doing and find some of the following examples. I'd say most men's mouths never move; they stand there as though they are military and solute the worship leader with a blank face and no heart. I watch some men move their mouth with about as much enthusiasm as driving to work on a Monday morning. And finally I see the men with their eyes closed their mouths moving and their arms raised high. These are the men that get worship; these are the men singing their praises to God.

The definition of worship is this: reverent honor and homage paid to God; formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor. In other words, it is giving honor to our great God. It is a formal way of showing Him our love and respect. It is our way of letting go of all and giving it to him.

"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise."
Psalm 95:1-2

What will it take for you to worship in Song?

A) Pride
You can put on your nice church clothes in the morning. You can shake the men's hands at church and slap that fake smile on your face, but you can't fool God. He deserves our attention, worship and so much more. Your pride puts the brakes on you worship. You're not better than anyone else and no one is judging you. If they are, they have their own issues with worship and so on. Give it up and give it to God!

B) Fear
We're men right? Men are what we are. Sounds like I'm quoting from 'Fight Club'. What are you so afraid of? Feeling weak? Looking funny? Maybe you think that girl you like will think less of you if your arms are raised high and you are actually sincere. Maybe you're wrong; maybe that exactly what she needs to see to even consider you. We are to Fear God, and we can do that through worship. Give it up and give it to God!

C) Understanding
You have to ask yourself 'how am I worshiping God', if I am not worshiping him in song? Is it at work? I would guess not. Is it at home watching the TV? I would assume not, again. If you call yourself a man of God, than worship must be understood and practiced. You should want to do it. You should consider all that He has done for you and sing his praises. I can't say that I always feel like singing or giving Him my all in Church, but I have to remember worship. I want to worship God and give Him my all!

What will it take for you to worship?

8 comments:

  1. Bryan, that's a great post and I hope it's an encouragement to many who don't feel able to fully engage with worship. I just wanted to say that my experience in our church is different - we're a small group with around 250 regular worshippers, pretty much 50/50 men/women, with all ages represented. Almost all the men there are the most enthusiastic worshippers you could wish to meet - and that's right from the youth to the octogenarians. I don't know what we do differently that makes that happen, but worship there is an awesome experience as a result. I hope and pray those reading your post get to overcome their reluctance and give in to God during worship - they'll never regret it.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this. Sometimes it helps men to hear that there are churches and other men out there giving their all to God in worship. Your men are a great example!

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  2. Since I am currently leading the song worship in our church I observe weekly what you speak of. Some weeks are better or worse, but there are large numbers who are tuned out during the singing. I would venture to guess they are also tuned out during the preaching. I don't accept the stereotype that you need to raise your hands or close your eyes but I do believe in being involved in the singing.

    I wonder if the reason some of them are not singing is because they don't have anything to sing about.

    Grace and peace.

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    1. I can't agree more with you. Your statement about 'maybe they have nothing to sing about' is right on. If your not involved with worship, there is probably a deeper issue. A search of the heart needs to start and quick! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. Singing isn't synonymous with worship. It's synonymous with churchianity worship IMO. Worship and prayer are basically the same: worship simply doesn't involve any requests or petitions. A man standing silent (or sitting/jumping/whatever) is not mutually exclusive of a man in deep worship. Be careful not to watch others' worship style else you may be falling into the trap of singing without worshipping.

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    1. No, singing isn't synonymous with worship but there is ample evidence in scripture that it can be a vital part. At the risk of the trap of proof texting let me share a verse that I continually come back to,
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      (Colossians 3:16 NAS77) Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

      Any action that is part of worship can be counterfeited. That does not mean it is not a part of worship.

      Having said that, I agree with your last sentence completely.

      Grace and peace.

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    2. Yeah I agree there is a time and place. Pure singing worship, I find, to originate spontaneously out of an imminent need to do it. Being asked to stand and sing aloud at some certain time to some certain song almost never is true worship for me. My point is that during 'worship time' at church, do what the spirit is leading and not what the prescribed societal church norms are; although they may be aligned regardless. Any notice of what others are doing is by definition prohibiting you from doing what you should.

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