Modern Worship And The Lost Art Of Serving

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31(KJV)

I am convinced that the American Church has lost the art of service. Our culture caters to our every need and whim. Everything we could ever want is instantly available to us day or night via the Internet without having to leave the comfort of our living rooms. I am amazed at how businesses have rejected the axiom "it's all about the customer" and have replaced it with "it's all about the bottom line". This paradigm shift is invading the Church. We have moved away from it all being about Him and making everything about us.

There has been a dangerous shift in modern worship which is evidenced in the way we interpret Isaiah 40:31. Worship has become an act of waiting for God to show up and do His thing in the midst of our worship. I believe the intent of this verse is the complete opposite of that concept. It's a call to wait upon the Lord as a servant attends to the needs of his master. Worship is not intended to be something we do to get God to respond to us but to move us to respond to Him. We tend to focus on the single word wait when we should focus on the phrase wait upon. That completely changes everything. Authentic worship is the act of serving God, not being served by Him.

The promise of this verse (they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint) comes not when we sit back and wait for Him but when we rise up, take the initiative in worship and serve Him. Strength comes when we make ourselves weak. May we learn to truly wait upon the Lord in our worship.
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