Who Are We Worshiping?

I have been making some changes in my job here at work to try to engage myself a bit more. I’m not a huge reader, but I feel like I can sift through news articles and blogs since they are short – quickly picking out the pieces that are helpful and moving on. I came across a new website: www.blogtalkradio.com. I made a user account and started browsing the shows currently airing. “Targeting Worship” seemed like it would be interesting.

The entire talk was about designing a worship service around the people in the congregation. They had the nerve to suggest the worship leaders/pastors to go out on a Sunday morning and figure out where people were hanging out and observe what types of technology were being used. I’m still confused as to why that would be helpful. Should we create an app to worship for us?

Why do we, as the American church (I don’t feel as tho I can speak for anyone else), believe that worship is for us? Why do we feel entitled to be entertained; to only engage if we like the beat or melody or the worship leader? Does it truly matter how many instruments are on stage or a cool slide show displaying the words? How come we can rap an entire Ludacris song, but we fail to remember 3 lines of a chorus? How come millions of dollars are profited from worship every year? Why does every church strive to be like Hillsong, or even better, the new Hillsong? Why do we as musicians strive to become famous through the writing of worship songs? I really just want to say, “Sit down!”

Worship isn’t about being a rock star or your step ladder to becoming one. It’s not about entertainment. It’s not about newest trends. It’s not about perfection. It is for our God! The reason we were created – to celebrate our Creator. We are luke warm in our lives, in our worship, in our love. The Bible says that God would rather spit us out of His mouth!

“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.”

Rev 3:14-16 (the message)

The reality of it is we are the ones in need of Him – not the other way around! Jesus even pointed out that He didn’t need the disciples praise because the rocks step up:

But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”

Luke 19:40 (the message)

We’ve proudly lowered worship to nothing more than a rock concert when we should be like David – unable to contain our love, affection, and praise for the God who is worthy of it all.


Rachel Merchand Abplanalp
I am ProLife, a defender of the Creator of the Universe, a lover of Nathan, a photographer, a web developer, a musician, a friend. I love life & I love you.

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