WORSHIP BEYOND SONGS…
After service, my daughters were playing at the altar and I watched them grab microphones and sing. Danielle grabbed a microphone and sat behind one of the feedback speakers. She bowed her face to the ground while attempting to hide. I asked her, “Why are you hiding?” She said to me, “I do not want anyone to see me”. At that moment, it struck me that worship is not showmanship.
The first time the word “Worship” was used in the Bible was in Genesis 22. It was that moment that the Lord had instructed Abraham to take Isaac to a mount that He will show him and sacrifice him there.
When Abraham saw the mountain afar off, he told his servants to stay with the donkey while he and Isaac go-ahead to worship. What was about to transpire does not concern them.
And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
Genesis 22:5 NKJV
There is a generation that now sees worship as showmanship. You would hear worship leaders say, “Drop your phones and worship the Lord”.
There is a generation that sees worship as performance. You can hear things like, “I did not like the choir’s performance”.
If only you come to an understanding that worship is more than singing songs in church. Worship is complete obedience to the instructions of the Lord. Worship is laying yourself as the sacrifice on the altar. Worship is giving God all of you while everything else loses meaning.
Worship is placing what you love the most on the altar of sacrifice as an act of obedience. Worship is not the lights, sounds and effects. Worship is you and God when everything else in between is taken out of the way.
When it comes to worship, self-consciousness fades away. You are not even thinking about how expensive your new shirt is. If it takes kneeling, if it takes lying down, you will do it like no one’s business.
I was in a meeting once where I laid down to worship despite the state of the floor. A man came to me after the meeting and said, “When I saw you worship, I knew you were from the south-west. Are you Yoruba?” I answered in the affirmative. But for me, I knew it was more than my culture. It was about my heart and a moment with the Lord.
God is calling us to worship- beyond songs. He wants us! Will you give Him you?