My church has two services which are the same with small differences. Our worship leader did communion a little different last week and I enjoyed the services. Later in the day, I heard a comment about the first service where there was a mistake made on the timing of the communion. Then this comment was made, “Just consider first service a rehearsal for the second service.” The word “rehearsal” led to me thinking about its meaning as a practice before a performance. This led me to think about the elements in the worship service that seem spiritual led (not plan for) and asking questions about the worship service. Was it worship or performance? I started thinking about other church services I attended even ones at other churches, ones on TV, and the internet. I even thought about some of the bible descriptions of worship even the ones to false Gods. My mind keep asking was it worship or performance? Does it matter? Where people performing for people (show) or where they performing for God, which would make it worship. I started to analyze some of my thoughts throughout the week. First, I realize yes it does matter if we are worshiping or performing with the exception of performing for God. Today, I’m reading in the book of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold and decreed that all people bow down and worship it when they heard the instruments being played. Anyone who didn’t bow down was thrown into the blazing furnace. Most of you know the story where Daniel’s friends don’t compromise their beliefs and bow down even for show to save their lives. They were thrown into the furnace and save by God. As I read this I thought of my question that was going through my mind this week. I thought of another story in the bible about where David danced with all his might to show his sincere worship of God in front of the crowd of people not caring what people thought.
A scripture was pointed out in the commentary. Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I think sometimes we get drunk on show which leads to us performing for ourselves or other people that we forget that its the Spirit we need to be filled with to worship God. It doesn’t matter if the worship service was rehearsed or performed. What matters is did YOU personally worship God at that time or did you perform for others to see you.
True worship of God must come from our hearts.
Peace and love
Another scripture that might interest you Colossians 3:16-17