Let All The Earth Rejoice
Worship is a word that is also getting a run for its money. Let’s have a worship time; I love that new worship song; have you checked out that new worship artist; the way they “do” worship is awesome; I worship you God.
You can see the dilemma we’re in, can’t you? Our limited language can cheapen the power of the true meaning of a word and dilute the original weight it originally carried.
“Great is the Lord and highly to be praised in the city of our God!” says Psalm 48. And that is what worship is; it’s all about God and not about our records or songs or even the way we feel towards Him. We worship this great God because of who He is, not because we feel in the mood but simply because He is God and is the Great I Am.
All over this earth, people are worshiping God-there is an explosion of heavenly worship from all the corners of this globe. All cultures, all colors, all ages, all traditions are united in this one act-God is worthy and we want to spend our lives saying thank you for what He has done.
So how do we do this? Is there a way that God likes it? I don’t believe that God has a personal preference or style that He listens to on His heavenly iPod. (Apparently it has so much storage space on it that one whole planet has been turned into a hard drive) No! He loves the heart, that’s what He hears, not the tempo or the key but thanksgiving and abandonment. This may mean guitars, drums and keyboards in London; it may mean tablas and sitars in India; it may mean street praise parties in Brazil, and so on. You get the picture.
Resounding with Sound
God is definitely not saying, “This is the way I want you to worship me” He’s saying, “Let everything that has breath, praise. Express this to Me in the way you love to express yourself.” God loves any offering if it comes from the heart, whether a dance, a painting, a love letter, a gift of money, a violin, a screaming electric guitar. God always sees the heart and passion of the worshiper before the method or the style, and right now this earth is resounding with every sort of sound, rhythm and style we could possibly dream of.
We must always remember that this is God’s planet and not the devil’s. We are in an unprecedented time in history when the Church of Jesus Christ is connected through technology, and there is much more unity and sense of belonging to one another, even if thousands of miles and cultural differences impede at times. What unites us is stronger than what divides us, and we have a glorious King who deserves praise from His people. So, here we go, “Let all the earth rejoice.”