Summary: Sermon meditation for Sunday Singspiration on July 15, 2007
(Slide 1- Title Slide) The title of my meditation this morning, ‘Got Worship?’ is a play on the advertising phrase, ‘Got Milk?’ that has been used to underscore the importance of the nutrients of milk in one’s diet.
And just as important as milk is to our bodies, worship of the Lord is important to our souls.
This has been one of the busiest summers for me in many years. Vacation, our national camp meeting in Anderson, Siblings Camp, and the Habitat experience last week in Mississippi have made the past four or five weeks go by very, very quickly.
And I confess that sometimes my personal worship of God has been shortchanged during this time. I noticed it after vacation! It is good and important to worship!
In my research for this morning, I discovered a quote from Sir William Temple about worship: (Slide 2)
‘To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.’
That is a wonderful definition of worship because it goes beyond, well beyond, our very functional view of worship as a couple of hymns and choruses, prayer, the offering, a message of some kind, and a conclusion.
Do you ‘have’ worship? Or does God, through worship of Him, ‘have’ you?
Notice the action words of Temple’s definition: (Slide 3) quicken, feed, purge, open, and devote. All of these actions are, to be noted, going in two directions – from us to God and God to us for as we worship God it opens us to these ways of God working in us.
Music is a very helpful (and fun) avenue to worship. Have we not been moved today as we have sung?
Our main text for today has underscored the importance of music in praising and worshipping the Lord:
Let the godly sing with joy to the Lord,
for it is fitting to praise him.
Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing new songs of praise to him;
play skillfully on the harp and sing with joy.
I don’t know about you, but when there have been difficult and challenging times in life, when I have needed a word of encouragement or comfort, it has often been a phrase of verse of a song – hymn and chorus – that has been brought to my mind.
The musical heritage of the Christian faith is too rich to limit to one style of music. In all the generations of faith, there have been, and there currently are, musical statements of worship and faith that God uses to minister His grace and mercy to us.
For me, I cannot do without ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty,’ anymore than I can do with out, ‘Come, Now is the Time to Worship.’ I need to sing, ‘Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father,’ as much as I need to sing, ‘Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord.’
This morning, I want us to spend a moment to reflect again on Temple’s statement by considering how our conscience has been quickened, our minds fed, our imaginations purged, our hearts opened, and our wills devoted to, by, and for the Lord, in our worship service this morning.