Day 32 - Music

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR MEDIA AND ARTS?

Psalm 33:3: “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”

Psalm 150:6: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

I grew up in a small church in the suburbs of Seattle and as an elementary student can vividly remember two men in our church who impacted me with their sacrifice of praise during our worship services. The first was named John. John was a middle-aged worshiper who had no talent or voice for singing and yet would lift his voice enthusiastically, completely missing the tune and often singing louder than others around him. As bratty kids we often would laugh and make fun. Only much later in life did I look back and realize what was truly happening. He knew he was a part of the kingdom of God and had no choice but to give himself freely in praise.

The other was a dear man named Jim who had severe cerebral palsy. His speech was almost unintelligible, yet when I listened carefully I could hear him singing the words to the hymns during our worship services. I think back at my apathy in worship and I feel ashamed that I was waiting to be moved or inspired to sing. He too knew he had a place in the kingdom of God, and he gave all he had to the act of worship.

As we gather to worship we must remind ourselves that the Holy Spirit is working in all those around us. We should open ourselves to be led by them as we experience our great God and, in so doing, may we also lead others with humble enthusiasm. If we allow ourselves to become open to the voice of the Holy Spirit in this way, how can we keep from singing?

REFLECTION:

  1. How can you open yourself to see worship happening around you, in those who seem to be least likely able to do it?

  2. What are ways to break down the barriers that keeps us from seeing others as worship leaders?

  3. How can we come along side of those who need to experience God’s love and mercy in worship?

Ron Haight Queen Anne (Seattle), WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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