Worship Wars

Daily Reading: This morning, we’re reading one of my favorite chapters in Scripture. Colossians 1 lifts up Jesus in a way that makes you want to sing!  Start there, then read this devotion that will tie in with what you’ve read.


Every night when I put my almost 2 year old, Dave, down to bed I say, “I love you Dave.”  He always responds in one of two ways.  Most of the time he responds with, “OK.” Other times, he simply stays silent. Now I don’t want to be arrogant here, but, at least in some sense, I deserve more than that. I feed, clothe, house, and care for this child.  He’s essentially 100% dependent on my wife and me, and his response to my expression of love is, “OK.”  Now I know he’s young, but we can learn from him. In fact, I think we are all just like Dave. His inadequate response to my love is just a funny example of a serious problem that wages in our hearts.

There is a constant war going on concerning worship.  No, I don’t mean choirs vs. praise teams, or organs vs. guitars. I mean, how are we as the people of God going to respond to the majestic glory and grace of Jesus Christ? When we see Jesus, do we say, “OK.”?  You see, Dave’s problem is that in his little mind, he doesn’t understand the significance of my love expressed towards him, it is literally the source of his life. He also doesn’t fully understand my grace towards him. Not only do I sustain him, I do it amidst screaming fits and diapers of death.  He should look at me with some awe. He should have some reverence. When I say “frog” he should jump, and when I say “I love you” he should respond in turn. Yet, in his ignorance of my love and the nature of our relationship, he says, “OK.”

How many times in worship have we allowed ourselves to have a cold heart? How many days have we gotten out of bed failed to bow to Christ on the throne? How many times have we looked at the rich blessings he has poured out on us and said, “OK.” Colossians 1 offers a chance to back up and gain perspective.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. 

– Colossians 1:15–23 ESV

Our magnificent savior created all things, sustains all things, and has given himself for us so that we could have peace with God. He is worthy of our worship and we must fight tendency to shallow appreciation and lip service.  He is worthy of our deepest affection, our constant devotion, and our joyful praise. He is worthy of our worship. We must fight to give it to him.

God bless!

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