Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Expressions


well this entire conversation started after i saw the video from the new Hillsongs UNITED cd (which i like, but not as much as the cd they put out b4 this one). the cd comes with a dvd of the songs. it's cool to see the songs live, but i got distracted by the mosh pit that broke out during one of the songs. so am i not someone interested in telling people how they should respond to God, but since i am a preacher guy, i figured i will give my opinion.
i don't see a place in scripture where folks are worshiping Jesus and they are hurting themselves or other. the only folks i see hurting others or themselves is when the prophets of Baal 1 Kings. i don't think anyone sees God illustrating how to worship him, through the same methods that the prophets of Baal.
I feel like scripture should be our measuring stick for our response to God. here are a few things from scripture.
Raise hands: Psalm 63:4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
Dance 2 Samuel 6:14 David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might,
Shout Psalm 100:1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Stand Psalm 22:23You who fear the LORD, praise him!All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
Clap Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands, all peoples!Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
Sing James 5:13 Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
Kneel Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
Bow: Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

I would say no one should feel like there one acceptable response to God during our musical worship time, but i do think that our expression of worship should point to Jesus. everything Jesus did pointed to the father, and everything the spirit does points to the Son. so everything we do should point to the cross. i can hear dancing, it doesn't always draw attention to you, sing, shout, clap, raise your hands, whatever you want but make sure it points to Jesus. The mosh pit: i don't see slamming into folks around you helping anyone worship Jesus.
thats all i have for tonight.
i will probably write some more about this in days to come.

1 comment:

Matthew said...

Good stuff.

I found some of the DVD on YouTube and the most distracting thing for me was the way the video was cut. Too many cuts in a matter of seconds makes my head start to hurt and this video was full of em.

On what you wrote, it's good to see some outline on what the Bible has to say about our physical posture during worship. I did notice no mention of jumping, but it's become widely accepted. So that raises another question.

I've been to some churches where clapping was downright sinful, yet the Bible clearly says it's good, great even.

So that brings us full circle, can our culture dictate our physical posture during worship...jumping or "moshing"...or are we relying on the Bible here.

I've heard one dude talk about how the priests would dance the scrolls of scripture around the room before they were read aloud, which is an interesting tidbit.

-Matthew