Some churches have become divided over styles of worship. One group may be insisting on a traditional service, while another is agitating for a more contemporary format.
We can all profit from a lesson a man learned on a business trip after attending a church service near his hotel. He talked with the pastor about how he had been blessed by the sermon, even though some of the worship time was not to his liking.
The pastor simply asked, “What was it you think God didn’t like?” The man had the grace to reply, “I don’t suppose there was anything He didn’t like. I was talking about my own reaction. But worship isn’t really about me, is it?”
We are entitled to our own preferences, and we must hold firmly to our biblical convictions. But before we voice our fault-finding opinions, let’s seriously try to understand God’s viewpoint. Consider Ephesians 5 in the light of worship: We are to be filled with the Spirit, speak to each other in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, give thanks to God, and submit to one another (vv. 19-21).
Whatever the style of worship, as we express to God our praise for who He is and all He has done, we lift Him up and encourage others. That’s what God likes. – Vernon Grounds
Let us celebrate together,
Lift our voice in one accord,
Singing of God’s grace and mercy
And the goodness of the Lord. – Sper
At the heart of worship is worship from the heart.
- May 22, Vol. 12A, Our Daily Bread