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Worship With A Human Heart
The church fellowship I attend is small. Worship is usually run by a singer and one – or, if we’re lucky, two – musicians, along with someone in charge of displaying lyrics. . . This week, it didn’t quite go smoothly. Sometimes the lyrics were out of order, sometimes the guitar was louder than the singer, sometimes the congregation was off-key or sang at the wrong time. At one point the musician couldn’t find the music sheet for a song, so we ended up singing one song twice!
This is my favourite worship. When we raise up our voices and stumble, when our plans go awry and the guitarist stumbles. And when we continue anyway. Because we must. I love these moments. They make me smile, and I like to think they make God smile too.
Because we aren’t a concert of professionals with a stage and fancy lightning. Because we aren’t here to produce beautiful, on-key music without missing a beat. We are here as humans to worship the one true God.
And how remarkable, how astounding that He loves our worship, stumbles and all. How awesome is it that He loves such imperfect humans.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
We don’t need to be perfect to come before God. In fact, He came to us, arms held wide, while we were unworthy. How can we not praise Him? How could anyone stand to wait until perfection before raising off-tune voices in worship to our God?
Thank you, Lord, that You love it when we worship with a fallible human heart.
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Finally, someone said it! I fund our worship services the past years too produced, too perfect. The goal of excellence has provided an adverse affect: expressionless worship. Because everything has to be right – perfect musicianship, perfect lighting, perfect vocals, until spontaneity and surprise is gone. God wants us to come before him, just come. We try to fix up and them come. May the Lord keep you fresh and light more fires in your worship before Him!
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Absolutely. Thanks for reading. Blessings to you.