Worship as a
Lifestyle
DANGEROUS WORSHIP

There is a  danger that we face. No, it's not a criminal, an
epidemic, or the threat of nuclear war, even though those threats
may exist. The real danger that we face is making a mistake
regarding why we will worship.  You know what it is. It's that
subtle form of deception that can creep into the life of a
Christian. Worship can so easily become a form of self-
gratification when in reality it is not for us but is for the Creator.
In fact giving God
praise should be a continual offering or
sacrifice (Hebrews 13:15). It means that our daily continual
worship is not for our pleasure. Our motive is to not only obey
God's command, but also to do so for the right reason.  

Humanism has influenced what we call worship.  Take a critical
look at the lyrics of songs that purport to be worship. Ask the all
important question, “who is the subject of this song?” If it is
more about us than it is about God, it may be a song to avoid (no
matter what the music is like or who wrote it).

In case this doesn't seem to matter much, remember the words of
the apostle Paul when he wrote that believers are to " worship in
the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence
in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).  Songs that contain messages of
self-determination can be self-serving - and even discouraging.  

We also need to ask ourselves, “is worship just a tool to make
me feel good?”  That is not to say that
joy and peace won't be a
byproduct of worship but remember the danger that can happen
when worship is used as a psychological drug, a “Christian fix”.
Paul also said, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no
longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I no
live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me
and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20). As faithful
followers of Christ, we put aside our likes and dislikes.

We've already mentioned lyrics, but let's also take a quick look
at the music we associate with modern worship. We are so
blessed with multiple styles to choose from and varied
instrumentation, yet we tend to be pretty selective when it comes
to singing worship.  Remember, worship is not about us. Can we
worship our Lord with passion using a hymn and organ?  What
about with guitars and drums? I hope your answer is an
unequivocal "Yes"! Of course, where we are totally distracted,
we don't need to shut down, but verbalize our worship anyway.   
Some may say that it's not even worship at all when we end up
serving ourselves.

Worship is highly selective. It is for God and not for us.
Some day, “every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and
on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”
(Philippians 2:10,11).

When Satan wanted worship for himself, that was really
dangerous worship and definitely not the kind that we want to be
involved in!       
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