|Our Raucous God|
The Story: We recall that Asaph was appointed to prophesy with all kinds of music before the people in the temple of the Lord (1 Chron. 25:2). Clearly, Asaph took his job seriously. What a riot of sound and singing! God loves lively worship – singing, music, percussion, shouting, and trumpets. He also loves the still sweetness of the lyre and harp. How such worship speaks of the majesty, might, and stillness of our God! They who have truly known the redemption of the Lord will have no problem engaging in such worship, for their souls fairly burst with joy to shout and sing to the Lord. What passes for singing in many churches today looks very little like what Asaph sought to encourage. But then, if our hearts are not aflame for the Lord, filled with wonder and thanksgiving, then no combination of contemporary band, amplified music, projected lyrics, or earnest leading from the front will get us to sing like this. And if we aren’t singing like this, shouldn’t we be asking why? We might try to say that “singing’s not my thing.” It may not be your thing, but that’s hardly the point, is it? Singing, shouting, loud and raucous joyous music of praise and thanksgiving are God’s thing, and worship, after all, is about Him, not you.
The Structure: Worship is central to the life of faith. The quality and frequency of our worship in these latter days offer a reflection, in many ways, of the condition of our soul and the health of our faith. We note that God commands His people to worship; worship is not an option, nor is half-hearted participation in worship (cf. Ps. 50). The worship of God’s people should reflect the worship God receives in heaven, where music, shouting, celebrating, singing, and testifying of all kinds go on continuously, without a taint of this world’s fashion or fare. We fail the purpose of worship when we make it so reflective of contemporary culture that we leave no room for the raucousness and majesty of the heavenly courts. And we fail it as well when we do not engage in it in the way that Asaph envisioned we should.
How would you describe the worship in your church? Raucous and heavenly? Or measured and earthly? How about you own worship?
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