Pastor Dale Swanson
Fruitful Living Pat 4
John 4:19-23, 2 Chron. 20:1-3, 13-24
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him…Romans 12:1
We have all at one point or another sang along with some songs in the car, blasting away like there’s no tomorrow at the top of our lungs with no care in the world if the people driving next to us think we are weird or not. Some have even done it with their favorite worship song, singing and imagining yourself being the one singing the song in front of hundreds worshipping and ushering everyone into the third heaven as your voice is the envy of even the best of the best. Then you come crashing down from your daydream when all of a sudden your radio goes out!
Bummer, you were about to hit that perfect solo.
Normally what happens is that you just compose yourself, look around to make sure no one saw that embarrassing display of non-talent, and look for another station to follow.
But why did you stop? Why didn’t you keep on singing? Why couldn’t you continue to worship? I think most of us have been trained to understand that, well music is always present when we worship. Worship HAS to have music accompany it right?
Can we worship without music?
Thankfully scripture helps us out with the answer to that question, in Romans 12:1 (ESV) it tells us to “give our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship”. When God defines worship, we listen to his command and take note of it!
Worship is our lives showcasing what is on the inside, the inward expressed outwardly. It’s God’s love in us, in action.
As R.T Kendall put it…
What we are individually, twenty four hours a day, is more important than what happens in church once a week. The secret of acceptable worship lies in how we are at home, or at work, and when we are alone and nobody knows what we are doing. It lies in our total lifestyle”…
What or who are you worshiping today? What is the focus of your attention?
I pray as we go on today, that we all realize the importance of worshipping and lifting God’s name on high, whether the music plays or not. Because Love expressed sometimes requires no words at all.
(NLC Youth Pastor)