Have you ever been in a stadium filled with 10,000 people and sang out praise songs to the Father? Oh! What a beautiful sound. One of the best places to do this is in the Moody Bible Chapel in Chicago. It is round and the acoustics amplify.
I pray the Lord was blessed by our music worship. If it were but the tiniest, remotest glimpse of heaven, we have so much to look forward to. Until then, the Holy Spirit is making every note out of our mouths perfect, complete. If you have ever heard my husband sing, you will say, “Thank goodness for that!” He is tone deaf…
But there is a misnomer within the church. I get annoyed when I sit in a church service and hear the pastor say, “Now let us worship the Lord,” and the music leader steps onto the stage. People rise and the music begins.
Standing and singing praise songs to the Lord in not worship. It is one form of worship: music worship. It is misleading to teach that the only time our lives have any connection to worship is through music.
The result is that people go away with the idea that when they are at their local fellowship, they are holy. When they sing in the service, they are worshipping. What is a better, biblical perspective?
John 4:23-4, “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.”
Firstly, note that there is a real trend today to see signs and wonders. The movement in large gatherings within the megachurch or revival meetings and healing and prophecy conferences is to connect to God through music. There comes a real emotion-based faith.
Following comes healings, prophecies, people fainting (and emptying of pockets). People get a sense they have been so filled with the Holy Spirit. They have truly witnessed the presence of God. They have worshipped with all their hearts. Then they go home and eagerly wait for the next indwelling. They sing they want “more” of God. More Holy Spirit.
The truth is, you cannot. You cannot get more. When you lift your glass, tip it back and pour water into your mouth, you have either put water in or you haven’t. When you go to the store and buy a pair of shoes and put them on, you either have a shoe on your foot, or you don’t.
You either have the Holy Spirit, or you don’t. Now, that being said, your portion may be yet be a seed, and a seed has to be sown. There are things that can give light and water to that seed.
Watch this space…
By Jori Sams