Ps.86:9 – All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I never learned to play an instrument and I am not a singer but I have always been strangely attracted to music. My salvation, strangely enough, was connected to the Rock Opera, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. After my conversion I found myself in the middle of the Jesus movement in California. Of course, music was a major part of that move of God. Christian music was different than the music I had listened to in my worldly days. Obviously the topic of the music was different but it was way more than that. I was no longer just an observer or a spectator but I was thrown into the action for myself. Congregational singing became a major part of my life. But I have to pose a question today, Why do we worship? Is it part of some formula for success or somehow a way to become pleasing to God? I don’t think so. For me, worship is simple; it is the pursuit of pleasure. There is a pleasure involved when I worship God. Congregational worship is a corporate pursuit of pleasure. After all its in His presence that we find fulness of joy. Here is a word from John Piper on worship.
“The basic movement of worship on Sunday morning is not to come with our hands full to give to God, as though he needed any-thing, but to come with our hands empty, to receive from God. And what we receive in worship is the fullness of God, not the feelings of entertainment. We ought to come hungry for God. We should come saying, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God”. God is mightily honored when a people know that they will die of hunger and thirst unless they have God. Nothing makes God more supreme and more central in worship than when a people are utterly persuaded that nothing—not money or prestige or leisure or family or job or health or sports or toys or friends—nothing is going to bring satisfaction to their sinful, guilty, aching hearts besides God.”
Music has always been a pleasure for me but music alone can never compare to worship. I may not be the guitarist, pianist, or vocalist but I am all in. So where will you find me every Sunday? I will be singing my heart out in church, pursuing pleasure with my friends, a pleasure found only in the presence of God.