There is a danger that we face. No, it’s not a criminal, an epidemic, or the threat of nuclear war, even though those threats may exist. The real danger that we face is making a mistake regarding why we will worship. You know what it is. It’s that subtle form of deception that can creep into the life of a Christian. Worship can so easily become a form of self- gratification when in reality it is not for us but is for the Creator. In fact giving God praise should be a continual offering or sacrifice (Hebrews 13:15). It means that our daily continual worship is not for our pleasure. Our motive is to not only obey God’s command, but also to do so for the right reason.
Humanism has influenced what we call worship. Take a critical look at the lyrics of songs that purport to be worship. Ask the all important question, “who is the subject of this song?” If it is more about us than it is about God, it may be a song to avoid (no matter what the music is like or who wrote it).
In case this doesn’t seem to matter much, remember the words of the apostle Paul when he wrote that believers are to ” worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). Songs that contain messages of self-determination can be self-serving – and even discouraging.
We also need to ask ourselves, “is worship just a tool to make me feel good?” That is not to say that joy and peace won’t be a byproduct of worship but remember the danger that can happen when worship is used as a psychological drug, a “Christian fix”. Paul also said, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I no live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20). As faithful followers of Christ, we put aside our likes and dislikes.
We’ve already mentioned lyrics, but let’s also take a quick look at the music we associate with modern worship. We are so blessed with multiple styles to choose from and varied instrumentation, yet we tend to be pretty selective when it comes to singing worship. Remember, worship is not about us. Can we worship our Lord with passion using a hymn and organ? What about with guitars and drums? I hope your answer is an unequivocal “Yes”! Of course, where we are totally distracted, we don’t need to shut down, but verbalize our worship anyway. Some may say that it’s not even worship at all when we end up serving ourselves.
Worship is highly selective. It is for God and not for us. Some day, “every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10,11).
When Satan wanted worship for himself, that was really dangerous worship and definitely not the kind that we want to be involved in! We appreciate your Comments