Worship is one of the central aspects of the Christian faith and tradition, and it is a divisive topic continually subject to debate and reexamination. The way worship is executed affects numerous individuals’ decisions on which church to place membership in and completely affects a church gathering’s tone.
As a musician, I have been continually encouraged to participate in and lead worship at various churches and have been led, consequently, to examine some of the questions surrounding “worship” and what exactly it is in the first place.
According to dictionary.com, worship is defined as:
Worship – n.
1. reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage
But these definitions are only small aspects of what it means to truly honor God. Continue Reading
It’s been a crap week.
We all have them. Things just seem to constantly go wrong.
It starts with little stuff. Knocking something over that you’ve passed by every day before without a problem. Biting your cheek so that now, every time you chew, you’re biting into it again and again. Getting a call from the bank’s fraud detection center over something that you purchased yourself. People cancelling on you last minute.
Then, things just seem to spiral from there. Soon, even the tiniest of annoyances that would barely register with you on a normal day makes it feel like the world is out to get you.
And in lucid moments, all you want to do is calm down, be rational, and enjoy the rest of your day. And that’s when you close the document you’ve been working on for hours and accidentally hit “No” when it asks if you want to Save your progress. That’s when you find out that your favorite TV show just got cancelled. That’s when you lock your keys in the car and have to wait at the gas station for your spouse to come let you back in.
I’ve been having such a week, and it’s really hard to get out of this funk.
The other night, at church, I was running the lyric slides for worship. I was deep into this bad mood, and I did not want to sing. But I kept singing anyway. I would even try to stop myself, and then the minute I wasn’t focused on stopping, I had started again. Continue Reading
Before I get into this, I’m admitting that I know I’m wrong. I know I’m selfish. And I know that worshiping God is something that comes from the soul, so it doesn’t matter how well you sing.
But, seriously, I just can’t stand it when the people leading the worship team aren’t good at what they’ve volunteered to do.
I recently attended a conference at a church in Oklahoma City, and there was a band to lead worship. I’m not aware if this was a one-time collection of people for this conference, a worship band that travels with the conference, or the worship team from the church the conference was held at.
The band was great, but the lead vocalist was… I’m sorry… the WORST lead singer of all time.
Firstly, he was a bass, or a baritone at best, so all the songs were in a terribly low key making singing along difficult for everyone.
Secondly, he was off key more than he was on, because he was trying to do all the fun special harmonies that good singers do. Emphasis on “trying.” Continue Reading
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. (Job 37:5 NIV84)
God doesn’t really speak audibly to his followers anymore. And some would have you believe that today, this verse simply applies to the Bible, the Word of God, that this is the only way God speaks to us today. But I know differently, because God has spoken to me in very marvelous ways.
In one of my lowest points, I remember, during a worship session at Celebrate Recovery, asking God if, despite my failures and my years of practically spitting in His face, “Do you still love me?”
Never before that moment had I ever truly felt the Holy Spirit rush over me. But in that moment, I felt a rush come over my entire body, I couldn’t help but smile and laugh (despite the fact that the moment before I was crying and depressed), and I could hear the answer flooding my mind, a resounding “Yes!”
But usually, He’s a lot more subtle (yet, still as obvious) than that. When was the last time you heard God’s voice thunder in your mind? Does He still speak to you? Has He put something in your path that was obviously from Him? Or, have you stopped looking for Him? Have you stopped listening for His voice?
Dear Lord, I long to hear your booming voice and see your wonderful works in my life. I know that Your hand is always guiding things in my life, but Lord, open my eyes to see them. Thank you for all that you do for me, especially the things that go unnoticed by me. Amen.
Rich & Poor – Robbie Seay Band
RSB has been around for a while, but this is their first independent project, and it just may be their best album yet. RSB has a sound similar to David Crowder Band and Phil Wickham.
This album starts off very soft, very worshipful, and it never relents in the worship aspect. If I’m not careful, I could sit and worship God for the whole length of this album. Actually, that sounds like a great idea.
“Rich & Poor” is a wonderful kick-off to the album, setting the tone of God’s victorious mercy and love that is for all of us. Continue Reading