This week we’re talking about worship and what it means to the regular hyde park attendee who is trying learn to follow JESUS on a daily basis with more passion than they did yesterday.
For me, worship is an amazing (yet puzzling) concept; that we (unworthy, unholy) can come into the presence of our Holy, Righteous God for the purpose of fellowship, prayer, making requests, sharing our love and devotion in His presence. Why would He even bother with us? I don’t know about you, but I find myself failing, like, everyday. Thank God that…
"…God is love." (1 John 4:8). Even more amazing is the fact that, as Romans 5:8, says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." What does this mean for you and I? I believe it means that, because of His great love, we should do all we can to demonstrate our love back to Him. I believe in Public Displays of Affection (PDA) – I know that many don’t, I do, and therefore, because I practice it with humans, I believe that I am to practice it with God.
I think that we should all strive to have more PDA in our lives – with our spouses, children, friends, family – even with work associates (when appropriate, of course). Now I know that some are wondering where this is going – I am saying that we should all strive to show more PDA for JESUS.
Why is it that one of the hardest things for a Christian to learn to do is to publicly express their love to God? Why can a person go to a ballgame or a race and scream & shout yet come into church and be so dis-engaged? I’m convinced that a lot of it has to do with their tradition ("church is a place to be quiet and reverent!")and some of it has to do with embarrassment ("what would they think of me?").
We show excitement about that which we are excited about – We show passion to that which we have passion for – We express deep love and thankfulness for that which we have a deep love and thanks for.
Everyone worships differently - We should have our own "worship personality". Most people never think about this – they will work to grow in many areas but never think about growing as a worshiper. Let me say it again: If we want to we can GROW as a worshiper.
I will close today with 2 illustrations (Please find the time to watch these) – I will use video from 2 different churches. Here’s what I ask you to observe: watch the way that others worship the Lord, observe the different personalities. Notice how many are "tuned-in" to Him – they speak to Him in prayer as the service unfolds. Many are having "communion" with their King, they are intimate in His presence as He pours Himself out upon them… It’s obviously an awesome time.
Question: Are you willing to grow as a worshiper? Your own personal growth – stretching your comfort zone for Him?