1 Chron.16:1 – And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.

Thinking back through my life it was the simplicity and purity of worship that has always effected me. I remember laying on the floor in my parents house when I was nine years old listening to Ernie Ford and the San Quentin choir singing about the cleansing blood of Jesus. This song touched me deeply. I was effected by the testimony of prisoners, not just great singers. Through the years simplicity has grabbed my attention. There was the Jesus freaks and their guitars on the Lakefront in New Orleans that stopped me in my tracks. Next was the services in the chapel at God’s Army. The chapel was the sports room from the old high school. We worshipped in the Spirit for hours there and my life was changed. Then there was the singing in tongues at our first church building on Kawanee Street. The church wasn’t much but God would come down. I also was impacted at the revival of 1994 in Rockwall, Texas. I remember laying on the floor for hours soaking in God’s presence listening to simple songs I used to make fun of. Apparently outward trappings are not that important to the Lord, it is the heart of worship he is after. Matthew Lilley comments about the simplicity of David’s tent that God used to change the world.

“One of the unique features of David’s tabernacle is its simplicity of structure. There is an odd lack of rooms, decor and furniture. Reading through the description of Moses’s tabernacle in Exodus, one sees the intricate stipulated regarding the sizes, materials, and colors of every element. The most talented artists were recruited to create an elaborate sanctuary in which the priests and Levites would serve the Lord. Yet, unlike Moses’s tabernacle, there is minimal description of the physical structure of David’s tent. The story simply mentions “the tent that David had pitched for it.”

So what will it take to impact this generation. It won’t be the greatness of our buildings or the slickness of our presentation, those are the things we get consumed with. I think it will be authentic worship coming from changed lives that will move another generation. The Lord has used a manger in Bethlehem, teenagers in Wales, a former horse stable and the son of a slave in Los Angeles, and Jesus freaks in the 1970’s. I think authentic is happening right under our noses again – we cannot afford to miss it.

3 thoughts on “SIMPLY WORSHIP”

  1. AMEN! WHEN I WAS A BABY IN CHRIST I THOUGHT RISING MY HANDS AND LOOKING AROUND SEEING IF OTHERS PEOPLES IN CHURCH RISING THEIR HANDS. BUT WHEN I CAME TO REALLY WORSHIP JESUS I DIDN’T NOT FOCUSE ON PEOPLES I CAME INTO A SPIRITUAL PLACE WITH GOD I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT LIKE THE PRESENCE OF JESUS IS ALL AROUND YOU I JUST WANT MORE AND MORE IT LIKE NOTHING ELSE THAT WHY THE WORD OF GOD SAYS HE LOOKING FOR TRUE WORSHIPPERS. I LOVE TO WORSHIP JESUS JUST FOR WHO HE ARE JESUS IS LORD AMEN!🙏🙏🙏🙌🙌👏👏👐❤❤❤

  2. Strip all the adornments down, leave your Sunday best in the closet, these things don’t make us a better congregation. Arrive at our gatherings determined to touch the hem of His garment. Let Him know you came to enjoy Him first, get filled and then be a servant. Churches already have too many who show up but fail to engage. Let’s be a congregation that celebrates His presence when we gather.

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