In these days of social distancing, even our worship has taken on a new look and a different feel. An act that has typically conjured images of white-steepled buildings–or polished praise teams, lasers, and smoke machines, depending on your church background–is now taking place in front of screens, in living rooms with only immediate family present. Our privacy-loving, twenty-first century hearts finally have the option of worship-on-demand in much the same way we might receive a pizza delivery or a box of merchandise from Amazon.
For now at least, believers are scattered in our worship, and I’m already wondering how long this will last and how this blip on history’s worship timeline will affect us going forward. When it’s safe to gather again, will we echo the words of this psalm?
When they said, ‘Let’s go to the house of God,’
my heart leaped for joy.” (Psalm 122:1)
Worship of the one true God is what defined Israel, and it should define the Christian as well. Even in a season of pandemic, our right response to the God who made us and provides for us is worship.
What Is Worship For?
Of course, what that looks like is shaped by a number of factors. I’ve been a denominational mongrel with smatterings of Baptist, Assemblies of God, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Evangelical Free, and Non-Denominational fellowships swirling around in my own worship pedigree. I’m more likely to engage in true worship sitting at my dining room table before an open Bible than in a large room full of much-loved distractions called fellow-worshipers, but I am also a catechized woman who embraces the biblical need for input from a body of believers and the New Testament view of the church as our launch pad for flourishing spiritual wholeness.
Augustine envisioned our worship in this way:
A Christian should be an alleluia from head to foot.”
I have a few friends who definitely embody that statement.
How did God wire you for worship? Do you encounter him in the written or spoken word? A whispered prayer? The swell of inspiring music?
Worship, however it looks and in whatever context it occurs, is not optional and, as usual, I’m inspired and instructed by insight from Eugene Peterson:
Worship does not satisfy our hunger for God–it whets our appetite.”
Don’t wait until you experience an overflow of emotion to worship God.
Don’t wait until you feel like it.
It’s in worship that we cultivate feelings toward God. Obedience to the command to worship fills a need that has been hard-wired into the human soul. Maybe during “normal time” you are only just barely aware of that need, but sheltering at home has forced you to pay attention. God made us, redeems us, provides for us. The logical, healthy, and human response, then, is to praise him.
How will you do that today?
Grace and peace to you,
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