Two weeks ago, I asked what is worship? I acknowledged that for many people, worshiping God is singing songs to him or about him. To some, worshiping God may be no more watching other people sing.
For me, worshiping is seldom about singing. Raised in a church that exclusively used a pipe organ to play songs that resembled a funeral dirge, I long ago was conditioned to mentally disengage when the music started.
Even though the instruments have been updated to drums and guitars and the plodding hymns have been replaced by upbeat tunes, I still zone out while others are worshiping God via music.
For me, I worship God by serving and helping others.
I’m reminded that Jesus’ brother James, in debating the issue of faith versus good deeds, said, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”
I’d like to borrow that thought and restated it to: Show me your worship with music, and I will show you my worship without music.
Thankfully, there are many ways to worship God.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.
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