This past Sunday I finish a brief 3 part series, Worship in the Book of Revelation. Â Revelation gives us wonderful image of God–Sovereign Holy King (ch 4), Redeemer who gives hope (ch 5). Â I have been reminded increasingly that worship, since it centers on God requires submission.Â As I look through all the “worship hymns” in Revelation and see the way the book ends–I am reminded that an encounter with God always leads to worship.
Any “worship wars” or “crisis in worship” seem to have at their root a failure to encounter God.Â When we encounter God, we are changed and He is worshipped.Â When we encounter God our eyes are either fixed on Him or at least removed from us.Â When we encounter God worship is always transformational.Â When we encounter God worship is real and relevant.Â When we encounter God worship is no longer about style.
from R.C. Sproul
There is a crisis of worship in our land. People are staying away from church in droves. One survey indicated that the two chief reasons people drop out of church are that it is boring and irrelevant.
If people find worship boring and irrelevant, it can only mean they have no sense of the presence of God in it. When we study the act of worship in Scripture and church history, we discover a variety of human responses to the sense of the presence of God. Some people tremble in terror, falling with their faces to the ground; others weep in mourning; some are exuberant in joy; still others are reduced to a pensive silence. Though the responses differ, one reaction we never find is boredom. It is impossible to be bored in the presence of God (if you know that He is there).
Neither is it possible for a sentient creature to find his or her encounter with God a matter of irrelevance. Nothing–and no one–is more relevant to human existence than the living God.
Coram Deo: Do you find worship boring and irrelevant? If so, pray for a renewed sense of God’s presence.
Psalm 95:6 “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.”
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless theÂ LordÂ at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Psalm 50:23 “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”