A Reason To Sing

I’m sure at some point, like me, you’ve visited one of those churches where the worship is non-existent. Where the congregation sits expressionless through one lifeless song after another and the poor pastor seems resigned to sad fact that the Spirit has left the building.

(Okay, I know that God’s Spirit resides in believers rather than buildings and worship is more than singing songs, but you get the point.)

“The engagement of the heart in worship is the coming alive of the feelings and emotions and affections of the heart.  Where feelings for God are dead, worship is dead.”
John Piper

When we forget the One who has given us a reason to sing, our “house of worship” turns into just a plain, old house. But God desires the honest and heartfelt praises of His people.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

True worship is communion between our spirit and His. It is a life-source for us, like this umbilical connection with the eternal. And it is birthed out of our appreciation of how great He is and how blessed we are for the unmerited grace He has given us.

And when true worshipers gather together, as seen in the video below, it’s a faint glimpse of what I imagine heaven will be like. The redeemed of God, from all over the world, raising up their voices in one inspiring song of praise.

Now that’s a reason to sing!

Chris Tomlin – How Great Is Our God (World Edition) from chris-tomlin on GodTube.

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After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.
And they were shouting with a great roar,

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
    and from the Lamb!”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground
and worshiped God.
They sang,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
    and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
    forever and ever! Amen.”

Revelation 7:9-12

What We Need To Know

The earth is groaning. And so are we. If you are conscious, you know it. Unless you’ve numbed yourself to temporarily ignore the pain, you can feel it.

And it’s like this collective convulsing, the whole world writhing and trying to untwist the twisted up knot of our unknowing. We want answers.

photo-Cross

But we learn that it does no good to ponder imponderables. So, instead, we take action.

It might mean picking through piles of rubble to help a neighbor retrieve a beloved family heirloom after the storm has passed. Or putting our arms around someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

It could be as easy as sending a note of encouragement or giving to the Red Cross or praying a simple prayer. But when we do something to help someone else, we at least answer one question for them and for ourselves.

God cares.

We prove that when we care for others. Because that desire to help the hurting comes from Him. And when we follow through on that desire, we are following in the footsteps of Jesus.

I heard Brian Williams say on the evening news how so many churches had turned up to help the Oklahoma tornado victims. “Faith-based FEMA” he called them.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency can only do so much. That’s where we come in. We are the body of Christ, His hands and feet on this earth.

We are the church. The Faith-based Emergency Management Agency. 

And one of these days, we’ll stand before our Maker and all the answers to every question we’ve ever had will be revealed. Until then, we have work to do.

For now, that’s all we need to know.

 

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:4