Archive | September, 2011

HIS great name (not ours)

11 Sep

A lot of people think worship is all about an experience. Well to be honest, it’s not.

I know many people who have said things like, “You know, I really didn’t get much out of worship today.” We all think that at some point in our lives. Even I have made the mistake of thinking worship is about me, and it’s really easy to fall into that way of thinking.

In fact, this week was just one of those weeks that made me almost dread going to church this morning. I had little desire to even get out of bed and make coffee (and you know something’s wrong when I don’t want coffee!) The truth is, so many things have gone wrong in my life this week and I actually found myself at the point of asking God, “Is there ANYTHING ELSE?!”

I’ll spare you of my many complaints and prevent myself from wallowing in self-pity by sharing my week in as brief of a summary as I can. Basically, I crashed my new car (that I FINALLY bought after years and years of driving my dad’s 98 Saturn SL!) and had to fork out a bunch of expenses that I couldn’t afford, and I had an extremely stressful week at work on top of it being my first week of school.

It’s easy to understand why I woke up this morning to negative feelings. Feelings of self-pity, irritation, frustration and self-focused complaining. It was all about ME and MY rough day. But why am I worried and stressed over things that are so miniscule in the bigger picture?

After I finally got myself out of bed and started getting ready for the day, I turned on KLOVE and decided that I would at least try to be in a good mood this morning. And then a really powerful song came on that just brought me to tears, literally. It’s called Your Great Name by Natalie Grant. I’ve heard it before, but never really listened to the words.

“Lost are saved; find their way; at the sound of Your great name
All condemned; feel no shame, at the sound of Your great name
Every fear; has no place; at the sound of Your great name
The enemy; he has to leave; at the sound of Your great name

Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us, Son of God and Man
You are high and lifted up; and all the world will praise Your great name”

The point of this song is to attribute everything that matters to HIS great name. We can’t do anything on our own! It’s all because of His great name and we are to worship and bow down to Him because he has given us His unfathomable grace!

When I heard this song, I began to stop where I was and worship. In my opinion, “worship” isn’t gathering together with other believers and being led by a worship team. Yes, this is a very important part of worship, but we don’t need a talented band or other people around us to bring Him praise. We can do it anywhere, anytime… we can even do it after we’ve just applied our mascara and the tears that form while realizing how great He is and how wrong we’ve been cause black to run all over our faces!

Simply put, the point of worship is for us to thank Him even when we don’t feel like it. The youth pastor at my church always teaches our students that we are to worship two times: when we feel like it AND when we don’t. And how true it is! Let’s stop living self-focused lives and stop trying to “get” things out of God through worship. Give him everything you have and surrender control of your life to him today. It’s worth it.

“When I am consumed by my problems–stressed out about my life, my family and my job–I actually convey the belief that I think my circumstances are more important than God’s command to always rejoice.” – Francis Chan

Rejoice today!