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Conservative Worship? Yes, but also Humble.

Alexander Maclaren makes the following observation about worshipers:

“[T]hose praise Him most acceptably among men who know their feebleness, and with stammering lips humbly try to breathe their love, their need, their trust.” (The Gospel of St. Matthew, II, 101)

As we are mindful of the style of our worship, let’s not forget that the essence of worship is esteeming the worth of Another–a Greater. Worship is the most humble activity of the creature, even as the angels which, though sinless, yet hide their faces and feet. Praise and pride cannot coexist. Where there is no genuine humility, there is no genuine worship. The psalmist knew this:

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” (Psalm 95:6)

The temptation to enter into the Lord’s presence with a proud heart transcends musical styles. One can insist that God will accept whatever music he chooses to offer. That is pride. Another can glory in the fact that he would never worship in such a foolish manner. That is no less pride.

We don’t deserve to be heard by God, regardless of the musical style we employ. We have no merit but the blood and righteousness of Christ, thus we have no grounds for pride.  Let’s strive for music which uniquely honors the Lord. But, above all, let’s worship humbly, lest we not worship at all.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day.


6 Responses

  1. Great thoughts, Chris. Perhaps pride is one reason I should NOT hope for “Come Christians, Join to Sing” next Sunday.

  2. Chris,

    Well said.

  3. [And after positive comments from Ben and Brian, Chris immediately feels compelled to re-think his position and/or concoct stories of how someone stole his wordpress password.]

  4. No kidding, Ben. Are you guys in cahoots, trying the old Acts 16:16-17 strategy on me??? ;)

  5. I could only wish. Those guys were making some coin.

  6. LOL. I’m not exactly the Apostle Paul, either, so the allusion breaks down on a lot of points. :)

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