Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Worship, Not Witchcraft

Yesterday the word nympholepsy came across my widget down there on the right. You know the one that has the word of the day?

What?! You hadn't noticed? Well, it's a really neat widget and it's a fun, no pressure way to learn a few new words.  Love it.

At any rate . . . where was I?

The definition of nympholepsy is a frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable.

And it made me think, for some reason, of Native Americans dancing around a fire trying to get the attention of their gods (This is not a post bashing Native Americans, please don't misunderstand).  That lead to thoughts about church.  Quite a leap, eh?

Now, honestly, when it comes to worship, I am pretty reserved.  I don't like to be the center of attention and I don't like to draw any attention to myself usually.  Especially in a worship service.  C'mon let's be real and admit that we've all stood through a service or two and watched others worship instead of participating.  Been there done that and I know others have too.  No judgement here.

And it doesn't really bother me when others are more, uh, animated, shall we say?  I like the idea of being excited about communing with God.  I love that we can be expressive and God responds.  I love that there are all types of people who worship in various ways - and at various levels of volume, for that matter.

But I do wonder if in some of the more charismatic environments we put the horse before the cart.  We do not need to whip ourselves up into a frenzy or even raise our hands in order to be visited by God's presence.  We don't need theatrics to get His attention.  We do not even need to go through the same steps each and every time we worship.  That my friends is more like witchcraft, not worship.

Yeah, I said it.  I'll give you a moment to digest that.   

Because of the Holy Spirit in us, we can step into His presence immediately.  There's no special formula we have to go through.  No special order of songs.  No nothin'.  Now, I admit to needing a couple of songs to get myself in the right frame of mind to stay focused sometimes.  But it isn't required by God.  That's something I've put on myself.

So, be wild in your worship.  Don't let others hinder you from worshiping the way you want to.  But be careful to not whip yourself into a frenzy thinking that's the way to REACH God.

Counting it all joy and praying I haven't lost you in the process,

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